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Donor Directed Gift Brings State-of-the-Art Intubation Capabilities to Emergency Department

As Medical Director of the EJGH Emergency Department for almost 20 years, Dr. John Wales takes to heart the mission of East Jefferson General Hospital – to deliver the highest quality, compassionate care to the patients and community we serve. As a former Chair of The Foundation Board of Trustees, he embodies the philanthropic spirit by leading through example.

Dr. Wales had heard about new technologies that made it easier and faster to intubate patients. So through a donor directed gift to The Foundation, he took it upon himself to make sure his Emergency Physicians were getting the best equipment to provide their patients with the best care possible.

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For the Love of Volunteering

How fighting cancer led to volunteerism and philanthropic support

Fay Cloy and Nadine LaGrangeFay Cloy first got to know East Jefferson General Hospital when she was diagnosed with stage 2 lung cancer in 2010 and received her chemotherapy treatment in the Infusion Center. While she noted that the space was cramped and crowded, what really stayed with her was how kind the nurses and staff were to her, bringing food such as fresh fruit, snacks and even lunch for both the patients and their family members so no one would have to leave her side.

In the spring of 2012, Fay, who was in remission, and her daughter Nadine LaGrange decided to become more involved with EJGH and volunteer. Both had voids in their life since Fay had recently retired and Nadine's children had left for college. Both wanted to be a part of helping other patients, and Fay's cousin (the late Paul Grenier) had volunteered at EJGH for years and always spoke about how much he loved it.

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Grateful Patient Honors Wife’s Memory with Donation to Infusion Center

Tom O'BrienIn 1970, Tom O'Brien and his wife Hope Riley O'Brien lived nearby and watched East Jefferson General Hospital built from the ground up. That started a life-long relationship with his community hospital.

Hope passed away of renal failure on March 1, 2010, after what Tom says was "60 of the most wonderful years" of his life. It was his gratefulness for the compassionate care given to him and his wife by Dr. Chuck Cucchiara, his belief in the mission of The Foundation, and his commitment to his community hospital that inspired him to make a generous donation to The Foundation in memory of Hope. The gift is designated for the building of the new Infusion Center.

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Physician Honors Cancer Surviving Brother through Gift to The Foundation

Dr. Catherine Fitzmorris names the John Brady Troendle Infusion Center Lounge

Dr. Catherine Fitzmorris with her brother, John TroendleDr. Catherine Fitzmorris, a local ophthalmologist, knows firsthand the importance of delivering outstanding care to patients. When her brother John Troendle, at the age of 40, was diagnosed with cancer, she knew that the best physicians and treatments were needed to save his life.

John's cancer diagnosis came only two weeks after the birth of his first child. That began an intensive nine month treatment plan that included chemotherapy. During that time, he and his family relied on the expertise and compassion at EJGH. Now, almost reaching his five-year cancer-free milestone, he is grateful for the care he received.

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Giving Back to the Hospital

Ralph and Christy SennerRalph and Christy Senner have always been part of the East Jefferson General Hospital family. From the Senner's neurosurgeon to their family practitioner, all of the Senner's medical needs have been met by EJ doctors, nurses and team members with compassion, support and expertise. Due to the care the family received at East Jefferson, Ralph and Christy Senner wanted to show their appreciation to the hospital. After learning that East Jefferson functions as a not-for-profit hospital, that receives no taxpayer support, the Senners wanted to give back to the hospital in a more meaningful way. "I had no idea EJ was not funded by the city or state. All these years my family and I have been coming here, we never knew. It was an awakening to all of us that there was a philanthropic need," said Christy.

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Grateful Patient Leaves a Legacy of Health and Wellness

Fortune Dugan, M.D. and Dan HallDan Hall has been an iconic figure in the piano business since he opened Hall Piano in 1958. Initially located downtown on Camp and Julia streets, Hall moved the business to its present location on David Drive in 1969. Although he sold the business in 2001, he remains an avid music lover.

Now 85 years old, Hall is building a new legacy. This one is to be built on health and wellness positively impacting future generations. He openly credits his EJGH cardiologist, Dr. Fortune Dugan, with keeping him alive for the last 20 years. More than that, he is especially grateful for the care and compassion Dr. Dugan has shown him over the years.

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A Legacy of Giving

Positively impacting lives in our community - now and for many years to come

One of the greatest gifts a person can leave behind is a legacy of giving. It takes a true philanthropic spirit to make the commitment to help those in the community today, while at the same time planning ahead to benefit future generations. For Georgiana and Harold Bretz, they made the decision that generosity never has to end, and together, ensured that their legacy of giving would positively impact lives and the community for years to come.

Before Harold Bretz, a longtime member of the Community Action Council and patient at EJGH, passed away in 2006, he and Georgiana established a charitable fund through the Greater New Orleans Foundation that would provide designated charities in the New Orleans area continuous annual gifts after their passing. The EJGH Foundation is the fund's largest beneficiary.

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