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NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana fails when it comes to having healthy newborns.
That word from the March of Dimes, that says we lose our most valuable commodity, children's health, when it comes to pre-mature babies.
Louisiana gets an "F" because last year 15.6 percent of babies were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. There were two main causes: smoking during pregnancy, a known danger, and the number of mothers-to-be without health insurance, who don't get regular prenatal doctor care.
Congratulations to the nurses at East Jefferson General Hospital who were recognized as part of Louisiana's "Great 100" Nurses. The Great 100 is compiled by the Louisiana State Nursing Association and recognizes these individuals as skilled clinicians and compassionate caregivers.
We celebrate these 14 nurses for their dedication and for their commitment to excellence in patient care. Representing multiple specialties and service lines, the following nurses reflect the very best in healthcare.
East Jefferson General Hospital announces Steve Baker, MBA, CPHIMS, as the new Chief Information Officer. Before joining EJGH, Baker most recently served as IT Executive Director for Architecture and Strategy at UK HealthCare in Lexington, Kentucky. He received his Bachelor of Science and his Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. In addition, Baker is a Certified Professional in Healthcare Information and Management Systems from the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and is affiliated with the American College of Healthcare Executives.
Baker will lead the Information Technology Division at East Jefferson General Hospital and has a strong background in healthcare information management. He will oversee the development and guidance of the increasingly important role of technology as it relates to overall healthcare, management of patients records, and the electronic infrastructure and advancements.
Cancer isn't one disease. Every cancer, and every patient, requires a unique approach. At East Jefferson General Hospital, we have a team of oncologists who treat all types of cancers, helping EJGH set a higher standard in personalized cancer care.
Dr. Thomas Cosgriff is a Board Certified Oncologist, Medical Director of Oncology at EJGH, and is certified by The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Dr. Lesley Meng is a native New Orleanian who was displaced by Hurricane Katrina and though she was successfully practicing medicine in Scottsdale Arizona, she desperately wanted to return and rebuild her practice here. Her commitment to her patients is remarkable. She is a Board Certified Oncologist and is in the process of acquiring MD Anderson Certification. Dr. Meng takes pride in seeing patients often within 24 hours of their initial phone call. She has done a great deal of cancer research and believes strongly in preventive and screening programs. Extremely active in the community, Dr. Meng is committed to EJGH providing the most innovative, effective and highest levels of cancer care possible.
East Jefferson General Hospital is proud to welcome Dr. Zhen Jiao to Jefferson Electrophysiology. Dr. Jiao returned to New Orleans from the Mayo Clinic specifically to work alongside Dr. James McKinnie. Together, these two physicians are helping to set new standards of care for Atrial-Fibrillation, or A-Fib. Otherwise known as an irregular heartbeat, A-Fib is a chronic, painful disease that previously meant a lifetime on medication.
Dr. Zhen Jiao is a Board Certified Internal Medicine and a Board Eligible Cardiology/Electrophysiology physician who is originally from Harbin, China. Dr. Jiao received his Doctor of Medicine from Harbin Medical University and his Ph.D. in Cardiac Electrophysiology from the Chinese Academy of Medical Science at Peking Union Medical College. Most recently he completed fellowships at Tulane University School of Medicine in Clinical Cardiology and at the Mayo Clinic – Rochester in Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology. Dr. Jiao has also been published in numerous clinical journals and international medical publications.