East Jefferson General Hospital

Local fitness guru Mackie Shilstone was once again one of Serena Williams' weapons in her fight to reclaim a singles title at Wimbledon Saturday, helping her train for this comeback as he has for many years.

The renowned fitness trainer, who has worked with Williams since 2008, said that in light of Williams' health issues in recent years, her victory Saturday was even more exciting.

Click here to watch Dr. David St. Germain talk with Fox 8 Live about preventing heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

East Jefferson General Hospital is proud to join the Louisiana Hospital Association (LHA) for its statewide Hospital Engagement Network (HEN), which focuses on improving patient care and reducing healthcare costs in the state. The goal of HEN is to reduce avoidable patient harm in nine areas by 40 percent and readmissions by 20 percent by December 2013. EJGH is part of a coalition of 93 Louisiana hospitals that have joined the LHA HEN initiative.

"This patient safety and quality-based program represents the commonality that all hospitals should share," says Ruby Brewer, R.N., M.S.N, M.B.A., EJGH Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer. "It allows us to work together in a way that improves patient care across the board and gives us a vehicle to share clinical information that will drive best practices in the future. We are extremely excited to take a leading role in improving healthcare in our state."

Debbie Schmitz with Hoda KotbCongratulations again to EJGH's Debbie Schmitz, RN, who was awarded the Support Angel of the Year at the recent Susan G. Komen for the Cure New Orleans Annual Salute to Survivors Luncheon. Debbie was awarded for her outstanding contribution fighting cancer in our community and for the difference she has made in the lives of our cancer patients through her role as cancer care navigator.

Additionally, congratulations to the EJGH Foundation for being awarded a $5,000 grant from Komen New Orleans to purchase educational materials for women diagnosed with Breast Cancer.

EJGH and the American Heart Association conducted free lunchtime CPR trainings in the Atrium this week, and we thank everyone in the community who came out to learn this life saving care. Trainers taught people how use Hands-Only CPR, in approximately 60 seconds, in honor of National CPR Week (June 3 – 9).

The American Heart Association calls on the community to learn how to give Hands-Only CPR because effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. With approximately 300,000 out-of-hospital, sudden cardiac arrests occurring each year and 80 percent occurring at home, the life you save is most likely to be someone you love.