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|Mary Beth Lobrano, MD|
East Jefferson General Hospital is proud to be among the first to introduce breast tomosynthesis or 3-D mammography to our region. This revolutionary technology allows for imaging of the breast from multiple angles. This can significantly increase the accuracy of mammography, especially for women who are premenopausal, women with dense breasts or those with increased risk factors.
Dr. Mary Beth Lobrano, a radiologist at East Jefferson General Hospital, considers 3-D mammography the single greatest breakthrough in mammography since the start of her career. "We know that women with dense breasts have a 4 to 6 times increased risk of breast cancer, independent of other risk factors, and that traditional 2-D mammography is less accurate in this population," says Lobrano. "Tomosynthesis significantly increases the detection of breast cancer in these patients."
The Benefits of 3-D Mammography
To the patient, 3-D mammography takes the same amount of time and exposes them to the same low-dose of radiation as the latest versions of traditional mammography, but the outcome of the exam itself is significantly improved.
The American Cancer Society announced at an awards ceremony that East Jefferson General Hospital has been recognized with the Best Practice for Louisiana 2013 award. The prestigious honor recognizes outstanding program activities, initiatives and projects that support the American Cancer Society’s key priorities and outcomes. East Jefferson General Hospital continues to make a significant impact as a partner in the fight against cancer.
The American Cancer Society selected East Jefferson General Hospital as the recipient of this award in recognition of the Charity of Choice project between the two organizations. The American Cancer Society and EJGH collaboration increased awareness of the programs and services offered by the American Cancer Society to cancer patients in the community, increased ACS volunteerism by EJGH employees, and helped start a new early detection program with hospital inpatients called “ASK US” to increase cancer screening for breast and colorectal cancer.
We are excited to announce that EJGH has won two national awards in the Pink Glove Video Contest. Among a menu of songs given to us by The Pink Glove Organization, EJGH chose “Rise Up” by the band Green River Ordinance who subsequently chose our video as the recipient of the Artist’s Choice Award. We also won Largest Donation for Breast Cancer Research Award with a contribution of $18,668.02 to our charity of choice - the American Cancer Society for Cancer Research!
These are truly amazing honors that all of us should be proud of, especially those who took part in the video and contributed to our fundraising efforts.
Below is the congratulatory message from Medline Industries, sponsors of the Pink Glove Video Contest. As you will read, we will be receiving formal notification and will share more information and details as we get it.
If you missed it, click here to see our award-winning video!
Left to Right – Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, Serneka Stevenson, Ruby Brewer, Judy Brown, Julia Mora-Guillot from American Heart Association, and Dr. Donald Adams.
The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has designated EJGH with the “Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll.”
The award recognizes East Jefferson’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.
To receive the award, East Jefferson achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.
East Jefferson General Hospital has once again been honored for excellence in cardiac care by the American Heart Association through the ‘Get With The Guidelines’ (GWTG) quality program. EJGH is the only hospital in the state of Louisiana to receive the following awards:
“Attaining the ‘Get With The Guidelines’ award for a fifth consecutive year is an unprecedented honor in our region, and one that our physicians and team members have worked extremely hard for,” says Mark J. Peters, MD, EJGH President and CEO. “It shows that we consistently provide nationally recognized care day-in and day-out. Our patients expect and deserve this commitment to excellence, and we are extremely proud to deliver it to our community.”