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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.
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.
On Monday, May 12, East Jefferson General Hospital physicians, staff, donors, board members, local business leaders and friends of EJGH participated in the 12th Annual EJGH Foundation Golf Classic presented by Millennium Healthcare Management. The tournament was held at Metairie Country Club.
"It has been amazing to see the growth of this event over the last 12 years," says Marc Eagan, Annual Golf Classic Chair and member of The Foundation Board of Trustees. "We are tremendously proud that this was the most successful in its history. Surpassing $105,000 for our total proceeds is a special milestone that will help East Jefferson to continue to provide excellent healthcare to our community."
The 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.
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.