The American Cancer Society announced at an awards ceremony that East Jefferson General Hospital has been recognized with the Best Practice for Louisiana 2013 award. The prestigious honor recognizes outstanding program activities, initiatives and projects that support the American Cancer Society’s key priorities and outcomes. East Jefferson General Hospital continues to make a significant impact as a partner in the fight against cancer.
The American Cancer Society selected East Jefferson General Hospital as the recipient of this award in recognition of the Charity of Choice project between the two organizations. The American Cancer Society and EJGH collaboration increased awareness of the programs and services offered by the American Cancer Society to cancer patients in the community, increased ACS volunteerism by EJGH employees, and helped start a new early detection program with hospital inpatients called “ASK US” to increase cancer screening for breast and colorectal cancer.
In addition, the hospital was involved in numerous American Cancer Society fundraising events, including being the flagship sponsor of the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, as well as a contributing sponsor to Relay For Life and the Hope Gala.
“It is through partnerships like the one we have with East Jefferson Hospital that allows the American Cancer Society to continue to make great strides against the fight against cancer in our local community,” said Paula Shamsie, Community Engagement Senior Director for the American Cancer Society. “The dollars raised by their dedicated employees allows the American Cancer Society to provide programs and services to cancer patients and caregivers. It is also the dedication of their oncology staff that allows us to reach those cancer patients within their facility. It is essential to have both so it is a true partnership.”
The American Cancer Society presented EJGH with its Best Practice Award. At the ceremony (pictured left – right) Jack Sloan, President for the American Cancer Society Executive Leadership Council in New Orleans, Mattie Hobley, RN, EJGH Director of Oncology Services, Dr. Mark Peters, EJGH President and CEO, Ruby Brewer, RN, Chief Quality Officer and Chief Nurse Executive, Judy Brown, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Shea Austin, Accounts Representative of Hospital Systems for American Cancer Society and Paula Shamsie, Community Engagement Senior Director for the American Cancer Society.
(Left – Right) Shea Austin, Accounts Representative of Hospital Systems for American Cancer Society, Mattie Hobley, RN, EJGH Director of Oncology Services, and Paula Shamsie, Community Engagement Senior Director for the American Cancer Society.