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On February 5, The 4th Annual Donna Swartzfager Memorial Fund Awards were announced. The Donna Swartzfager Fund provides financial awards to EJGH team members seeking higher education, professional development growth and certifications. This semi-endowed fund is a donor directed fund that is managed through the investments and Investment Committee of The Foundation.
The fund was created in 2010 after the sudden passing of then Medical Staff Director Donna Swartzfager from heart disease. Medical staff leadership and Donna’s family – husband Ken, siblings Ronnie Zarba and Carol McDaniel and children Kelly and Kyle -created and oversee the disbursements of the fund, which serves as a living memorial to honor the service, dedication and guidance Donna provided to the medical staff and team members during her long tenure at EJGH.
We are thrilled that construction on our new Outpatient Oncology Infusion Center is nearing completion. This project is made possible through generous donations from the community to The Foundation at EJGH. When completed in the next few weeks, EJGH will be able to serve the cancer needs of our community like never before. This treatment center will allow our cancer fighters to save more lives and do it in a space that promotes healing, recovery and stress reduction.
As a friend to The Foundation at EJGH, I want to assure you that your past and future support is vital to the care we provide to our patients and our community. The current partnership initiative continues with West Jefferson Medical Center. This potential change and the current uncertainty can be uncomfortable for many of us.
Throughout our history, we have been a cornerstone of the community as Jefferson Parish continued to grow and prosper. Today, our Parish stands as Louisiana's most prosperous Parish and that simply could not have happened without EJGH being an outstanding hospital and community partner.
However, our hospital faces its greatest era of change in our history. Changes in healthcare and the marketplace make it impossible for a stand-alone hospital, restricted to a specific service area, to compete fairly in an open market. That is why East Jefferson General Hospital is in the process of selecting a partner. This partnership will give your community hospital greater economies of scale and allow us to continue to invest in quality patient care. Most importantly, we want to accomplish this while maintaining our name and our culture of service.
The Foundation at East Jefferson General Hospital celebrated its 7th Annual ‘Up on the Roof’ Beer Tasting presented by 1st Lake Apartment Homes on Friday evening, October 18th. The hospital’s signature event raised a record-breaking $150,000 for INSPIRE, The Foundation’s competitive grants program that provides funding for innovative and capital projects at the hospital.
The Foundation is incredibly grateful to the record 59 sponsors that supported the event and the 150 volunteers who helped make it such a success. Over 1,300 attendees enjoyed a beautiful fall evening sampling over 80 beers and incredible food from 33 restaurants, and dancing to music by The Boogie Men. Radio duo T-Pot and Stevie G. from B-97.1 FM served as emcees for the evening.
The Foundation at EJGH is pleased to announce INSPIRE – the inaugural 2013 Competitive Grants Program! This year's program distributed a total of $344,614 of charitable contributions in support of the mission of East Jefferson General Hospital!
Through this program, all team members and physicians had the opportunity to inspire innovation and collaboration to enhance Expert Medicine, Extraordinary Care at EJGH. Grant recipients were chosen through the INSPIRE Selection Committee which consisted of team members, physicians and Foundation Board Trustees. The recommendations were approved by the EJGH Foundation Board of Trustees in a unanimous vote.