East Jefferson General Hospital



Left to right: Dr. Michael Brothers, Dr. James McKinnie and Dr. Zhen Jiao

Pioneering surgery places EJGH in the Top 5 in the U.S.

METAIRIE, LA., April 29, 2014 - East Jefferson General Hospital, led by Cardiovascular Surgeon, Dr. Michael Brothers and Cardiac Electrophysiologists, Drs. James McKinnie and Zhen Jiao, has completed the 100th Convergent Procedure for the treatment and cure of atrial fibrillation (A-Fib). EJGH has been placed in the top five in the United States for this milestone and pioneering procedure. These New Orleans doctors are proud of how their medical advancement is changing how cardiac care is delivered throughout the country.


EJGH will be hosting a regional drill at EJ North involving actors portraying active shooters.This drill will take place from approximately 4pm - 9pm and will involve local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and fire departments. This drill will significantly assist our abilities to respond in the event of a real situation.

This drill will not impact patient care or parking in this facility. EJGH wishes to notify patients and visitors so that the community is aware it is taking place.

For any questions please call EJGH Security at 503.4277.

The American Cancer Society announced at an awards ceremony that East Jefferson General Hospital has been recognized with the Best Practice for Louisiana 2013 award.  The prestigious honor recognizes outstanding program activities, initiatives and projects that support the American Cancer Society’s key priorities and outcomes. East Jefferson General Hospital continues to make a significant impact as a partner in the fight against cancer.

The American Cancer Society selected East Jefferson General Hospital as the recipient of this award in recognition of the Charity of Choice project between the two organizations. The American Cancer Society and EJGH collaboration increased awareness of the programs and services offered by the American Cancer Society to cancer patients in the community, increased ACS volunteerism by EJGH employees, and helped start a new early detection program with hospital inpatients called “ASK US” to increase cancer screening for breast and colorectal cancer.


Mary Beth Lobrano, MD

East Jefferson General Hospital is proud to be among the first to introduce breast tomosynthesis or 3-D mammography to our region. This revolutionary technology allows for imaging of the breast from multiple angles. This can significantly increase the accuracy of mammography, especially for women who are premenopausal, women with dense breasts or those with increased risk factors.

Dr. Mary Beth Lobrano, a radiologist at East Jefferson General Hospital, considers 3-D mammography the single greatest breakthrough in mammography since the start of her career. "We know that women with dense breasts have a 4 to 6 times increased risk of breast cancer, independent of other risk factors, and that traditional 2-D mammography is less accurate in this population," says Lobrano. "Tomosynthesis significantly increases the detection of breast cancer in these patients."

The Benefits of 3-D Mammography

To the patient, 3-D mammography takes the same amount of time and exposes them to the same low-dose of radiation as the latest versions of traditional mammography, but the outcome of the exam itself is significantly improved.


Left to Right – Dr. Gerry Cvitanovich, Serneka Stevenson, Ruby Brewer, Judy Brown, Julia Mora-Guillot from American Heart Association, and Dr. Donald Adams.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association has designated EJGH with the “Get With The Guidelines® – Stroke Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award and the Target: Stroke Honor Roll.”

The award recognizes East Jefferson’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

To receive the award, East Jefferson achieved 85 percent or higher adherence to all Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Achievement indicators for two or more consecutive 12-month intervals and achieved 75 percent or higher compliance with six of 10 Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Quality Measures, which are reporting initiatives to measure quality of care. These measures include aggressive use of medications, such as antithrombotics, anticoagulation therapy, deep vein thrombosis prophylaxis, cholesterol reducing drugs and smoking cessation, all aimed at reducing death and disability and improving the lives of stroke patients.