The awards were announced on Wednesday, June 3rd. These awards will fund patient-centered programs to 21 different departments throughout the hospital. INSPIRE is a competitive grants program that focuses on patient-centered care initiatives at EJGH and is funded through the proceeds of The Foundation’s signature fundraising events: The Annual Golf Classic & Pre-Party held in the spring and Up on the Roof, a popular beer tasting event held in the fall.

Among the departments receiving funds was the Women and Child Department. The grant they received will allow them to install a video monitoring system on the cribs of babies in the NICU, allowing new moms and dads to log-in from a mobile device or home computer to view, and even speak to, their baby even when they are not at the hospital. This program will provide comfort for parents who are faced with much heartache and anxiety when they have to leave their babies in the NICU in order to return to work, care for an older child, or even just head home for a good night’s sleep. 


EJGH physicians, staff, donors, board members and local business leaders teamed up for the 13th annual EJGH Foundation Golf Classic at Metairie Country Club. The event, held on Monday, May 11, 2015, successfully raised $110,000.  Funding from the event will be invested in various programs and initiatives at EJGH to better serve the community and continue to provide outstanding healthcare.

“It is truly inspiring to witness so many members of our medical and business community come together in support of East Jefferson General Hospital,” says Marc Eagan, Chairman of the Golf Classic Committee.  “I’m honored to be a part of this tournament and can say with conviction that this is one of the finest charity tournaments in our region.”

The successful tournament was presented by Millennium Healthcare Management. Parish Management Consultants hosted the 3rd annual Pre-party event held at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Gerry Cvitanovich. The Foundation would like to thank Millennium Healthcare Management, Dr. and Mrs. Gerry Cvitanovich, Cerner and Humana, Parish Management Consultants, Drago’s Seafood Restaurant, Ralph Brennan Catering & Events, Hiller Jewelry, Cox and Gilsbar for making this the most successful event yet.

The Foundation recently hosted its annual donor reception to thank our most generous and loyal donors.  This year’s theme celebrated Health, Healing, and Hope at East Jefferson General Hospital.  

Our generous supporters gathered in the courtyard at East Jefferson General Hospital amongst fellow friends and benefactors. Marc Eagan, Chair of The Foundation Board; Mark Peters, MD, EJGH President and CEO; and Debbie Schmitz, RN, EJGH Cancer Care Navigator served as the guest speakers for the event. Each speaker spoke about the impact of The Foundation and the connection between philanthropy and health, healing, and hope. 

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“I was truly touched to be in the company of so many of our most loyal supporters and to have the opportunity to say, in person, Thank You.” said Marc Eagan, Foundation Chair “We are profoundly appreciative that so many people believe in East Jefferson General Hospital and have chosen to support the Foundation so kindly.” 

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Marc Eagan, John Gin, Bob Mathis, Ronnie Vega


East Jefferson General Hospital Foundation recently awarded the  2015 Donna Swartzfager Memorial Awards to eight deserving team members. The recipients were selected through a highly competitive selection process.

Donna Swartzfager served the community as the Director of Medical Staff Services when she suddenly passed away from heart disease in 2010. Following her death, her devoted husband (Ken), siblings (Carol and Ronnie), children (Kelly and Kyle), and leaders of the medical staff (Raymond DeCorte, MD and the now-deceased Stan Bleich, MD), came together to create an endowed fund in her name.

The fund honors Donna’s legacy of her commitment to EJGH by supporting professional and continuing higher education, training, and certification for EJGH team members and staff of active medical staff members.

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Please join us in congratulating this year's recipients!


The recipients of the 2015 Donna Swartzfager Awards with members of the selection committee. From left to right: Raymond DeCorte, MD, Lisa Jackson, Ken Swartzfager, Deanna White, Susan Scotton, Raphael Palacious, Ryan Venturella, Carissa Berthelot, Maria Spadaro, Ronnie Zarba, and Toni Johnson

2015 Recipients

  • Carissa Berthelot
    LPN, Geriatric Behavioral Health
    Registered Nursing Licensure, Delgado  Community College
  • Toni McCalister Johnson
    Nursing Assistant, 6 East                   
    BSN, Our Lady of Holy Cross College

  • Raphael Palacious
    RN, Emergency Department
    BSN, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Susan Scotton
    RN, Wound Care
    Wound, Ostomy, Continence Nurse Association Annual Conference
  • Maria Marcella Spadaro
    RN, Neonatal Observation Unit
    BSN, LSU Health Sciences Center
  • Lisa Marie Steptoe-Jackson
    Nursing Assistant, 3 East
    Registered Nursing Licensure, Delgado Community College
  • Ryan Venturella
    RN, Cardiology
    BSN, University of Louisiana at Lafayette
  • Deanna White
    Monitor Tech, 3 East
    BSN, Our Lake of the Lake College (Baton Rouge)

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The Foundation at East Jefferson General Hospital’s 8th Annual “Up on the Roof” Beer Tasting, presented by Canon Hospice, was held on Friday, October 24, 2014 on the EJGH campus on the rooftop of its Esplanade Garage. $160,000 was raised in support of The Foundation’s Inspire Grant Program, funding projects that directly impact patient care at East Jefferson General Hospital. Over 1,500 people attended the sold-out event.

 “I am tremendously grateful for everyone who played a part in making this event successful,” says Mark J. Peters, MD, EJGH President and CEO. “The funds raised will be used for projects directly impact patient care. It was a great night for our Foundation and for our hospital.”

The 2014 “Up on the Roof” event featured 60 event sponsors, over 50 select beers, 26 restaurants, and entertainment by The Wiseguys. In addition to Canon Hospice as presenting sponsor, the patron party was sponsored by the Shane and Holley Guidry Foundation.