East Jefferson General Hospital

EJGH Group
Dr. Raymond DeCorte, EJGH Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Thomas Cosgriff, EJGH Medical Director of Oncology, Dr. Helmuth Goepfert, Medical Director for MD Anderson Physicians Network, William Simeone, Associate Vice President, MD Anderson Physicians Network, Dr. Mark Peters, EJGH President and CEO, and Mattie Hobley, RN, EJGH Director of Oncology Services.

On Wednesday, June 5, 2013, East Jefferson General Hospital, along with representatives from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, hosted a ceremony in the EJGH atrium honoring those 43 EJGH physicians who have earned credentialed status as members of the MD Anderson Cancer Network.

Each of the certified physicians was recognized for their contributions to cancer care and received a certificate and lapel pin, signifying their credentialed status. To earn certified status, a physician must demonstrate excellence in their outcomes and a commitment to continued improvement. Certified physicians then earn access to MD Anderson treatment pathways and conduct regular consulting sessions with colleagues at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Those in attendance were greeted with comments from Dr. Mark Peters, EJGH President and CEO, and Dr. Thomas Cosgriff, EJGH Medical Director of Oncology and Hematologist/Oncologist. Keynote speaker was Dr. Helmuth Goepfert, Medical Director for MD Anderson Physicians Network and Professor Emeritus for MD Anderson Cancer Center in the field of Head and Neck Surgery. The celebration also featured music by the First Community Antioch Baptist Church Choir led by Marva Joseph (watch the short performance video below).

Blue Distinction Center+ by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana for Knee and Hip ReplacementEast Jefferson General Hospital has been recognized as a Blue Distinction Center+ for Knee and Hip Replacement by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana. This honor is bestowed on hospitals based on their expertise and efficiency in delivering specialty care.

"We are extremely proud to be one of only five hospitals in the state to earn this distinction," says Ruby Brewer, RN, Senior Vice President and Chief Quality Officer. "We went through an intensive review to look at our outcomes and processes in order to qualify for this award. It shows a tremendous commitment by our physicians and team members and speaks volumes about the level of orthopedic care EJGH provides."

Blue Distinction is a national designated program offered by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association to recognize hospitals that demonstrate expertise in delivering quality specialty care. The distinction is based on nationally consistent selection criteria established in collaboration with expert physicians and medical organizations.

CityBusiness' Health Care Heroes honors 50 outstanding health care professionals in the New Orleans area in six categories: professional, physician, nurse, first responder, animal care and volunteer. A Health Care Hero identifies men and women in the health care industry whose contributions have increased the well-being of the community. Honorees are nominated by their peers and then selected by CityBusiness based on industry and community involvement and achievement that have set the pace for the overall community. Below are the 2013 EJGH Health Care Heroes. Click here to see a complete list of the Class of 2013.

As you may know, EJGH is embarking on an expansion of our Yenni Treatment Center in order to provide better care for patients who are fighting cancer. This expansion will enable us to triple the number of patients that we treat in a day. In order to expedite this process, we are temporarily moving Outpatient Oncology Services to other areas of the hospital while our new, state-of-the-art facility is being built. The Infusion Center will be on the 5th floor of the hospital to the left of the elevators. The Cancer Registry and the Cancer Navigators will be located at 4300 Houma Blvd. Please call (504) 456-5003 for questions or information about your Outpatient Oncology appointments. We anticipate that the new facility will be completed by the end of this year, and we thank you for your patience throughout this transition.

Join the Healthy Lifestyles walking group at Lakeside Mall Center Court. The walking group meets 8am - 9am every Thursday, beginning May 2. Please enter at any mall door entrance. Free. Call (504) 456-5000 to register.