The Foundation of East Jefferson General Hospital has awarded its 2017 INSPIRE Grants. These grants, dedicated to impacting and improving patient care, are requested by departments throughout the hospital. This year, nearly 70 requests were submitted for a sum of $300,000 that will go directly back to our patients.

“Each year, this is always the most rewarding cause The Foundation takes up,” said Valerie Englade, Senior Vice President of Marketing Communications. “To take donations from our community and, through this grants program, allow those donations to directly impact patient care on a daily basis, it ties us even more closely to the very public we serve.”

After a lengthy vetting process, The Foundation is distributing these funds in total to the departments and causes listed below. Congratulations to each winner and thank you to The Foundation for this incredible patient-centered program.

The Annual “Hope Floats,” a benefit in memory of John J. Lee, Sr., raised $24,000 to support cancer care at East Jefferson General Hospital. The fundraising event hosted over 250 guests at the Krewe of Thoth Den and featured live music by New Orleans Arrhythmia, a silent auction and a $1,000 raffle prize sponsored by Delta World Tires.

John J. Lee, Sr. passed away in 1986 at the age of 58 from colon cancer. Before his passing, he initiated the John J. Lee, Sr. Benefit to raise funds for cancer research and treatment at East Jefferson General Hospital. Now in its 31st year, the grandchildren of John Lee, Sr. host the event to carry on the legacy of their grandfather.

Margot Shwery was born on Nov. 18, 2016, on the fourth floor of East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) after what was considered an unusually rocky pregnancy.

The child of Matt and Aimee Shwery of New Orleans weighed in at a paltry 1-pound, 12 ounces after just 28 weeks and five days in the womb. Under the experienced care of Dr. Stephen Champlin and a slew of vigilant nurses, Margot arrived via emergency C-section at just seven months gestation due to lack of growth and poor blood flow to the umbilical cord.

After six weeks of bed rest in the Labor and Delivery wing, the Shwery’s were beyond elated to welcome their daughter into the world. And although the delivery exceeded all expectations for Dr. Champlin and the new parents, Margot was still going to have a lengthy stay in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) to ensure her weight, nutrition, temperature and breathing all improved enough to make life at home bearable and safe.

Representatives from De La Salle High School in New Orleans visited East Jefferson General Hospital’s Breast Care Center on Feb. 15, presenting a check for $3,000 from funds raised at their annual Pink Game.

Pink Games are part of East Jefferson General Hospital’s “Live Pink” initiative to increase awareness about breast cancer and raise money to treat breast cancer at East Jefferson General Hospital throughout the month of October.

The newly constructed serenity garden, located on the second floor patio of East Jefferson General Hospital’s main campus, is officially open to all EJGH Team Members and guests from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

The project was funded by the INSPIRE grant program, which distributes charitable contributions in support of the mission of the hospital. Through this program, all team members and physicians have the opportunity to inspire innovation and collaboration to enhance the extraordinary care delivered at EJGH.