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 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



The Foundation at EJGH is pleased to announce the recipients of 2014 INSPIRE – its Competitive Grants Program.

This year's program distributed a total of $222,460 in charitable contributions to support various hospital projects. These funds were provided by the Foundation's two fundraising events: $150,000 in net proceeds from the Foundation's 2013 "Up on the Roof" event and $100,000 net proceeds from the 2014 Golf Tournament.

Through this program, all team members and physicians had the opportunity to inspire innovation and collaboration to enhance patient care at EJGH. Grant recipients were chosen by 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.

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.

GrantpresentationThe Foundation at EJGH has been named a Susan G. Komen for the Cure New Orleans 2014 grant recipient! Our second year in a row as a grant recipient, this $17,000 grant will allow us to provide 170 free screening mammograms to the uninsured and under-insured in our community.