East Jefferson General Hospital

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


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.

S.Hotard-tt.smallShawn Hotard, a wife and mother in her mid-forties, faces a diagnosis no woman wants to hear – breast cancer. Shawn is also an EJGH team member and radiology tech who understands the clinical benefits of catching cancer early. That is why she followed her physician's advice to have frequent mammogram screenings due to her dense breast tissue, even though she had no family history of the disease. And, that decision may have saved her life.

Conventional mammograms may have missed her cancer because it does not always offer a clear enough image through dense breast tissue. Now, with the use of 3D mammography technology, EJGH radiologists can detect cancers and better differentiate between cancers and normal breast cysts.

Shawn is now undergoing chemotherapy and will have radiation therapy as part of her future regimens of treatment.

Shawn is currently four weeks into a 12-week treatment plan, receiving infusion treatments of the drug Taxol through a subcutaneous port located on her chest.

"It doesn't hurt," she explains. "It's only when I'm sleeping and I happen to roll over on it. I'm suddenly made aware again that it is there. That is an odd feeling." The port acts as a symbol, a constant reminder of the cancer.

Through this entire process, she has been extremely positive. She attributes her strength to her family and large support system of friends and colleagues.

Shawn is sharing her story with NOLA.com in an eight part series from diagnosis to survivorship. Click here to follow Shawn's journey on NOLA.com.

October 15, 2014
East Jefferson General Hospital Conference Center

As a Magnet hospital, EJGH is committed to achieving the best patient outcomes through professional development of our nurses and other clinical staff. As a healthcare leader, EJGH invites nurses and allied health clinicians, educators, and administrators in our community to share in our learning. Please don't miss your chance to attend the 2014 Cheryl Sanders Memorial Research Day on October 15th entitled " How the Quest for Magnet Supports Interprofessional Innovation and Excellence". Our Keynote speaker is Julia Aucoin, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, a Magnet expert who works for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Although Julia has worked with the best hospitals in the USA, EJGH is one of her favorites, because EJGH is where she started her career and conducted her first research study!

Download the brochure for details, featured speakers and registration form.

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, EJGH is helping fight this disease with specials to make mammography more available than ever.

$99 Screening Mammography

Throughout October both the EJGH Breast Care Center and the Imaging Center at EJGH Lakeview will be offering $99 screening mammograms with or without a doctor's order. Call for an appointment:

EJGH Breast Care Center
4200 Houma Blvd., second floor

EJGH Lakeview Imaging Center
7030 Canal Blvd.