East Jefferson General Hospital

CareChex w_tagNational patient safety organization CareChex® rates hospital #1 in for Patient Safety in Overall Hospital, Medical, Cardiac and Surgical Care.

According to the 2015 CareChex® ratings, East Jefferson General Hospital is number one in this market in 12 key clinical categories regarding patient safety and placed in the top 10% in the nation in 16 key patient safety categories. Dr. Mark Peters, EJGH President & CEO, is justifiably proud of these rankings, says that “This is yet another independent rating service confirming that EJGH is a national leader in healthcare and that we are providing the finest care possible to the community we serve.”

CareChex, a Division of COMPARION, is an independent hospital rating service who bases their rankings on hospital data regarding safety and outcomes.

Melissa Lorio_rnEast Jefferson General Hospital has named Melissa Lorio, RN, BSN, MBA, Senior Director of Perioperative/Surgical Services. With over 25 years of experience, Lorio is responsible for one of the highest volume surgical departments in the region and oversees the day-to-day operations of Same Day Surgery, Pre-Surgical Evaluation Center and the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. Prior to joining East Jefferson, Lorio was the Assistant Vice President of Perioperative Services at Ochsner Medical Center.

Lorio received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Louisiana State University School of Nursing and earned her Master of Business at the University of Phoenix. She is a member of the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses and was previously awarded the Alumni Award from Louisiana State University.

“I am so impressed not only with the quality of the team and surgeons that work here, but with the facilities and technology available to us,” says Lorio. “I have been around medicine my whole life. My biggest teacher in life has been my mom, who has been a nurse for over 42 years. So to be part of a great place like East Jefferson, where there is such a family atmosphere, makes me proud to come to work every day and care for our patients.”

Lorio is married to her husband Andy and has two children, Justin (16) and Kyle (13). 

2014Great100webCongratulations to EJGH’s Great 100 Nurses!

Congratulations to the nurses at East Jefferson General Hospital who are 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 17 EJGH nurses for their dedication and for their commitment to excellence in patient care. The 28th Annual Great 100 celebration to honor all honorees will be held on October 15, 2014.

Representing multiple specialties and service lines, the following nurses reflect the very best in healthcare. They embody what we mean when we say at EJGH, we are making it great, every day.

  • Jason Bordes, RN, 6-East
  • Laquana Davis, RN, Outpatient Oncology
  • Nicolle Fox, RN, 9-Rehab
  • Anna Heim, RN, Breast Cancer Navigator
  • Cheryl Martinez, RN, 6-East
  • Rachel Munoz, RN, Outpatient Oncology
  • Heidi Nugent, RN, 6-East
  • Joan Rickmeier, RN, PICC
  • Amanda Ronquille, RN, 7-East
  • Laura Schilling, RN, ICU
  • Dana Schmitt, RN, Woman & Child Clinic
  • Melissa Shubert, RN, 6 East
  • Vicki Strecker, RN, 7-East
  • Ashley Theriault, RN, 6-East
  • Tina Tran, RN, ICU
  • Deborah Trascher, RN, SNF
  • Candice Waguespack, RN, 2-East

East Jefferson General Hospital is one of only eighteen Louisiana hospitals to have reduced the number of elective inductions and cesarean deliveries performed before 39 completed weeks of pregnancy to meet March of Dimes criteria for hospital recognition. This will give more babies a healthy start in life, the March of Dimes says.

“We began this initiative because we saw the great benefits to both mother and child by ending elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks,” said Dr. Mark Peters, President and CEO of East Jefferson General Hospital. “There is no question it was a tremendous collaboration between our nursing staff, physicians and administrators, but we knew it was the right thing to do. I think the results indicate a healthier start for our babies, and we are proud to have been on the leading edge of bringing this program to our community.”


Since the Spring of this year, an outbreak of the Ebola Virus has hit West Africa. A handful of people stricken with the virus have been treated in the United States, including now at least two healthcare workers. Of those, one patient treated in Dallas passed away. The others are recovering.

In the interests of public information, East Jefferson General Hospital wants you to know these facts about the Ebola Virus and your risks related to it:

• The virus is only spread by contact with the bodily fluids of someone who currently has the Ebola Virus. (this includes tears, sweat, urine, feces, saliva, semen, blood and vomit)

• The virus is NOT spread through air or water.

• According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta, you are only at risk if you have traveled to West Africa in the past three weeks or come in contact with the bodily fluids of someone who has been in West Africa in the past three weeks while that person displayed symptoms of infection. Those nations include Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Gambia, and Senegal.

EJGH is working very closely with the CDC and the state Department of Health and Hospitals concerning Ebola preparedness. Our hospital's emergency management committee is in constant contact with state and federal officials to monitor this health concern, and we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, team members and community.

We urge you to always take medical symptoms seriously and consult your physician if you suspect you have any ailment requiring medical attention.


Go to CDC.GOV for more information.