East Jefferson General Hospital

AHA to offer free sidewalk CPR training during National CPR Week

Sidewalk CPR, free 60-second CPR Training Program
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
11:30AM - 1:00PM
East Jefferson General Hospital Atrium
4200 Houma Boulevard, Metairie

The American Heart Association is offering FREE lunchtime CPR trainings. Trainers and mannequins will be set up in the EJGH Atrium teaching people how use Hands-Only CPR, in approximately 60 seconds, in honor of National CPR Week (June 3 – 9). The American Heart Association calls on the community to learn how to give Hands-Only CPR because effective bystander CPR provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest can double or triple a victim's chance of survival, but only 32 percent of cardiac arrest victims get CPR from a bystander. With approximately 300,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests occurring each year and 80 percent occurring at home, the life you save is most likely to be someone you love.

The celebration for the EJGH Nurse Magnet Re-designation continued last week as hospital leadership hosted a plaque presentation in the Atrium. Hospital, nurse and medical staff leadership all congratulated the nursing program and the entire organization for the hard work and dedication it took to become only the 52nd hospital in the country to receive a third consecutive Magnet accreditation. EJGH was first awarded the Nurse Magnet accreditation in 2002 and became Louisiana's first Nurse Magnet hospital. The nursing and hospital continually strives to raise the level of care and is proud to become the first in the state to also become a three-time accredited hospital.

Designation signifies higher quality of care for radiology oncology program.

acr astro sealEast 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."

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.

Dr. Joseph Uddo, Jr.Dr. Joseph Uddo, Jr., is first in our region and one of only a handful of surgeons nation-wide to perform this breakthrough procedure.

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.