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EJGH's cardiovascular surgeon, Dr. Tod Engelhardt, appeared this week on the national television show The Doctors. Dr. Engelhardt was featured and highlighted for his innovative procedure in treating pulmonary embolisms. Due to his groundbreaking work with the EKOS Catheter, he is setting a new standard for lifesaving care. Click here to read more about his procedure.
East Jefferson General Hospital is the first facility in the region to earn ACR accreditation from the American College of Radiology (ACR). The accreditation program was established in 1986 as the extension of the Patterns of Care Study (PCS) sponsored by the National Cancer Institute and is administered by the American College of Radiology. ACR accreditation is widely recognized as a benchmark measure of quality care.
"We are extremely honored to be the first in the region to have earned this American College of Radiology accreditation," says Dr. Paul Monsour, EJGH Radiation Oncologist. "For more than a year, they have reviewed our systems, protocols, physicians, technologies and, most importantly, our outcomes in care. Their reviewers found that our program met and exceeded their high standards."
As any woman who's experienced it knows, pregnancy is filled with uncertainties. To narrow down the unknowns, many people try to plan everything they can, including the day their baby will be born. A woman may schedule her baby's birth in order to provide time to tie up loose ends at work, make sure the obstetrician of her choice is available, or because she's just tired of being pregnant.
For these and other reasons, the number of women who choose to induce labor has increased dramatically in the last two decades, almost doubling by some accounts. Pregnant women and their physicians often schedule elective inductions as early as the 37th week of pregnancy — when a baby is considered full term.
Dr. Joseph F. Uddo, Jr., East Jefferson General Hospital general surgeon and past Chief of EJGH Medical Staff, became the first surgeon in our region to perform a gallbladder removal using the Single-Site da Vinci Robotic Surgical System. This breakthrough procedure allows the surgeon, through the use of robotic technology, to remove the gallbladder through one incision in the navel instead of the traditional laparoscopic method utilizing multiple incisions. The advantages of the robotic method include minimal scarring for the patient, a faster recovery, less bleeding and a lower risk of post-surgical infection.
Metairie, LA – East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH), for the third consecutive term, has attained Magnet® recognition as part of the American Nurses Credentialing Center's (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This voluntary credentialing program for hospitals recognizes excellence in nursing. This credential is the highest honor an organization can receive for professional nursing practice.
"Receiving Magnet recognition for the third time is an unprecedented achievement in our region," says Dr. Mark J. Peters, EJGH President and CEO. "As the first in the state to receive a Magnet distinction in 2002, our nursing staff and entire organization, have helped set the bar for others to follow. For over a decade now, we have performed at a higher level while also demonstrating the leadership, dedication and commitment to continuous improvement."