East Jefferson General Hospital

An initiative to delay inducing Labor until 39 weeks lowers the number of NICU babies

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.

First in Louisiana and Mississippi to earn this coveted distinction

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."

Renowned trainer Mackie Shilstone empathizes with the rigorous life of a major league umpire.

"The hardest part of this job is really probably the travel and the grind it takes on you during the season," said Joe West, a 33-year veteran and president of the World Umpires Association. "It's not so much the balls and strikes and safes and outs, as it is the wear and tear on your body going from city to city changing time zones, staying in hotels and always having to eat out because you're never at home. For 12 years, Shilstone, a New Orleanian, has worked in conjunction with Major League Baseball to ensure its umpires can withstand the grind of a 162-game regular season and maintain a high quality of life through retirement.

The Joint Commission certifies hospital as a national Advanced Primary Stroke Center.

East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) is proud to announce that it has earned The Joint Commission's Gold Seal of Approval for certification as an Advanced Primary Stroke Center. This distinction signifies that EJGH has implemented the stringent, national guidelines needed for high-level stroke care. This honor also follows an intensive site visit and review by a panel of commission experts.

Get ready to pounce on our ticket give-a-way contest!

Only at East Jefferson General Hospital can you see masks used during the Lion King Broadway show. These beautiful masks were crafted and specially designed by the artists at Disney exclusively for the production. EJGH has placed these five masks of the title characters in the display section of the Sunshine Boutique on the first floor of the hospital Atrium and will be on display from February 9 – 24. The public is encouraged to come by to see the masks and read the stories about how they were created.

While visiting the display, everyone is also encouraged to enter the contest to win two tickets to the Lion King in March. The Lion King Broadway production will be at the Mahalia Jackson Theater from March 14 – April 15 and has earned national acclaim for its beautiful pageantry, sound and set design and elite level performers. Marvel at the breathtaking spectacle of animals brought to life by award-winning director Julie Taymor, whose visual images for this show you'll remember forever. Thrill to the pulsating rhythms of the African Pridelands and an unforgettable score including Elton John and Tim Rice's Oscar®-winning song "Can You Feel The Love Tonight" and "Circle of Life." Let your imagination run wild at the Tony Award®-winning Broadway sensation Newsweek calls "a landmark event in entertainment."