EJGH DoctorsEach year, we celebrate the nationally recognized Doctors' Day on March 30 by honoring our dedicated and expert physicians. You are invited to join us in recognizing these outstanding individuals by making an honorary gift to The Foundation at EJGH. You are encouraged to include a message for your doctor that will also be shared with them.

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.

"Health is the single most important aspect of life," says Hall. "Physicians and hospitals are the major contributing factors for how long we live and our quality of life, and Dr. Dugan, himself, has made a tremendous impact on the quality of my life. All of us should appreciate the jobs healthcare workers do for our community."

Hall believes the best way to thank Dr. Dugan and East Jefferson General Hospital is to leave a legacy gift to the EJGH Foundation in his will. Mr. Hall has designated his gift to benefit the EJGH Wellness Center, which opened its doors in 2000 with help from the Foundation donors.

"I believe in The Foundation, and I believe that people take their health for granted," says Hall. "Leaving legacies to benefit our doctors, hospitals and communities should be part of everyone's financial planning. I wanted to give back to the Wellness Center, in particular, because it benefited me so much."

"I am truly honored that Dan Hall believes that I have made such a difference in his life and that he is leaving a legacy to The Foundation because of the care I provided. One of the most satisfying rewards of being a physician is watching your patients improve their health and well-being while under your care. Through his gift, Dan has shown that he is a special individual willing to contribute to the health of generations to follow."

-- Fortune Dugan, M.D., EJGH Cardiologist

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.

After seeing her brother's care, Dr. Fitzmorris decided to support The Foundation's capital campaign to build a new Outpatient Oncology Infusion Center through a significant donation. She decided that it would have the most meaning by naming a part of the new infusion center after her brother. When the infusion center opens its doors, it will feature the John Brady Troendle Infusion Center Lounge.

"Being on the other side of medicine with my brother's struggle through chemotherapy helped me to understand gratitude and the thrill of a successful treatment process," said Dr. Fitzmorris. "I made a donation to The Foundation to hopefully make a small difference in the lives of patients and families going through this struggle. A new Infusion Center coupled with the excellent hospital staff will hopefully be a place where the art and science of medicine merge for cancer cures."

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.

This quickly became something much deeper to the Senner family. "It is about taking care of my family, our friends and the rest of community that come to East Jefferson for their care. After all, EJ is a community hospital, and I wanted to give something back to the hospital the same way it gives back to us," Christy said. She and Ralph made a generous donation to the hospital's Foundation, which would directly benefit the EJGH Outpatient Oncology Infusion Center Capital Campaign.

Another important factor in their decision to support the hospital was to help ensure that the very best medical care was available here at home. They understand that if one of their family members, or anyone in the community, was faced with a serious diagnosis, it is vital that they have access to medical experts, top-notch facilities and world-class technology without having to travel out of the area.

As a new board member of the hospital's Foundation, Christy spends a lot of her time at the hospital. While not at EJ, she spends her time educating other people about the hospital, the Foundation and the Capital Campaign. "Joining this board has filled a void in my life. I am very proud of this hospital and honored to be a part of it," Christy said.

Golf ClassicThe Foundation at East Jefferson General Hospital is pleased to announce its Annual Golf Classic, presented by EJ After Hours Urgent Care, to be held at Metairie Country Club on Monday, May 13, 2013. This year marks several firsts for the Annual Classic: it is the first time there has been a presenting sponsor; it is the first time it is being held at Metairie Country Club; and it is the first charity tournament hosted by Metairie Country Club.

"This year's tournament is a major step forward in the evolution of the Annual Golf Classic," says Marc Eagan, Annual Golf Classic Chair. "It has become, without a doubt, one of the premier events in our region. Our goal is to make this a world-class event, so that in the end, we can further the efforts of our world-class, community hospital."