East Jefferson General Hospital

Award considered a double achievement when paired with Gold Performance Award for Heart Failure Care.

East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) is proud to announce its Neuroscience Program has been named a Silver Plus Performance Award winner by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. This prestigious award is based on the stringent criteria set through their Get with the Guidelines® Program. This distinction makes EJGH a double achievement winner when paired with the performance award for heart failure treatment excellence.

Metairie, LA – Today, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) announced further drug recalls related to the recent outbreak of meningitis related to tainted steroids that have been traced back to one particular manufacturer, New England Compounding Center, (NECC) in Massachusetts. The NECC apparently prepared steroids administered via epidural injection for management of pain that have been linked to cases of fungal meningitis. East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) did not purchase any of the injectable steroids linked to cases of fungal meningitis.

The American Heart Association has just named EJGH's cardiac heart failure program a Gold Performance Award for a fourth consecutive year through their Get With The Guidelines program. This award signifies outstanding clinical outcomes in treating patients diagnosed with heart failure. EJGH is the only hospital in our area to receive this award in heart failure for a fourth consecutive year.

East Jefferson General Hospital is proud of our continued excellence in cardiac care. This is such a special distinction for our physicians, nursing staff and everyone throughout the organization. What makes this award so special is that it is based on how we administer care to our patients over the course of multiple years. That means we are consistently meeting or exceeding the standards set by one of the country's most prominent organizations over an extended time frame.

Are you a current or former smoker age 55 or older? Have you smoked at least a pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years? If you answered "yes" to these questions, you may benefit from a lung CT screening. Studies have shown that CT detects lung cancers earlier than chest x-rays, when the cancer is smaller and more treatable, leading to better outcomes for patients.

The summer of 2012 has been a scorcher, with temperature breaking record highs all over the country. In New Orleans as everyone knows it's not just the heat; it's also the humidity. The combination can become dangerous or even deadly for outdoor workers, the elderly, children and anyone else who lingers in the sun too long.

Heat-related illnesses are connected to the body's inability to release heat. By drinking fluids and sweating, most people are able to cool themselves sufficiently. However, when conditions become so humid that sweat cannot evaporate, heat stays trapped in the body. Because dehydration is also a concern, prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause illness even for those who are able to sweat effectively.