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This past week, East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) became one of the first hospitals in our region to receive international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated facility from Baby-Friendly USA. This prestigious award is endorsed by the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) and National Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). One of only five hospitals to hold this distinction in Louisiana, EJGH has been recognized as providing an optimal level of care for their families by implementing practices that are based on the "Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding".
For over two years the hospital has been on the Baby-Friendly journey with the core team attending national learning sessions and bringing new ideas and initiatives back to EJGH. "The team was comprised of physicians, nurses, lactation consultants and a mother, and all of them were integral parts of our success," said Barbara Carson, RN and Team Leader. "Together we worked to implement evidence-based practices including skin-to-skin care and rooming-in, which will ensure that all our new mothers will have the best start possible."
Earning this designation meant the EJGH had demonstrated the highest levels of standardized, evidence based practices and were providing in-depth hands on education to mothers to be. The credentialing process included a rigorous two- day site visit where assessors evaluated policies, community partnerships, education plans, and interviewed patients, physicians, and staff members. "All our team members have worked very hard to accomplish this goal" said Paula Adamcewicz, Director of Woman & Newborn Services, "It is a direct result of their commitment and dedication that we were able to achieve this designation".
There are more than 15,000 Baby Friendly facilities in over 134 countries worldwide and currently more than 240 in the USA. East Jefferson General Hospital is proud to be among them.
On February 2, the new Carrabba's Italian Grill® in Metairie is opening its doors at 4641 Veterans Boulevard. To celebrate the grand opening, Carrabba's is partnering with The Foundation at East Jefferson General Hospital with a giveback event that will benefit The Foundation.
Carrabba's Italian Grill will donate proceeds from opening day sales to benefit The Foundation at East Jefferson General Hospital to provide funding for educational programs, healthcare services, technology, and capital expansion projects. "We are honored to be the beneficiary of Carrabba's opening night," said Valerie Englade, Senior Vice President, Community Affairs at East Jefferson General Hospital. "It is through the support of friends like Carrabba's that make it a pleasure to be part of Metairie. We encourage everyone to come out for a great meal while also benefitting your community hospital."
Dr. Sidney "Beau" Raymond (center), Chair of East Jefferson General Hospital Chapter for Gulf South Quality Network, presents Dr. Blaise Angelico (left) and Dr. Robert Pollock (right) with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana 2014 Highest Achievement in Kidney Care in Louisiana award.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) has awarded East Jefferson Internal Medicine with the 2014 Highest Achievement in Kidney Care in Louisiana distinction during its recent Quality Blue Primary Care Statewide Collaborative ceremony. Physicians from East Jefferson Internal Medicine highlighted for their effectiveness in treated kidney disease were Dr. Blaise Angelico and Dr. Robert Pollock. This first-time event honors clinics throughout Louisiana that demonstrate clinical excellence and higher levels of patient outcomes in the most prevalent, chronic conditions including kidney disease, vascular care, hypertension and diabetes.
"We always look for innovative approaches to improve the care we deliver to our patients, and I congratulate our physicians, and in particular, Drs. Angelico and Pollock. As a group the physicians of East Jefferson Internal Medicine performed well on this particular measure and Drs. Pollock and Angelico led the way. By implementing the medical treatments and protocols that are most successful in managing chronic diseases, we are able to improve the quality of life and health of our patients. We are extremely proud that our approach places us as a state leader and look forward to continual improvement in providing quality patient care," said Dr. Sidney "Beau" Raymond, Chair of East Jefferson General Hospital Chapter for Gulf South Quality Network.
For more than 2 years, East Jefferson General Hospital has been promoting maternity practices from Baby Friendly USA's "Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding" and striving to meet these goals for designation in 2015. The Baby-Friendly Initiative is a global program launched by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund to designate hospitals that facilitate informed maternal decisions, breastfeeding and mother-infant bonding.
Baby Friendly USA surveyors will visit our campus on February 9th and 10th to evaluate the progress EJGH has made in implementing these steps which are associated with improved outcomes for mothers and infants. The Baby Friendly "Ten Steps" include skin to skin contact and rooming-in, which allows mothers and infants to remain together throughout their hospital stay, a practice associated with many physical and psychological benefits for both mother and child. As a community hospital, EJGH also supports the Baby Friendly promotion of community resource partnerships for family and breastfeeding support beyond the EJGH birth experience.
To learn more about EJGH's journey towards Baby Friendly USA's goals, visit ejgh.org/womanandchild.
For more information on the Baby-Friendly USA Initiative, visit babyfriendlyusa.org.
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East Jefferson General Hospital is dedicated to remaining a national leader, in not only the treatment of routine cardiac care, but also the complex cardiac surgical cases that require advanced care. To accommodate the rising number of patients who need specialized treatment and surgical procedures, EJGH has now opened one of the most advanced hybrid surgical suites in our region. The hybrid surgical suite combines elements of a cardiac catheterization lab and an operating room to allow surgeons to perform cardiac and surgical procedures in the same operating room without moving the patient. This is a tremendous advantage for the patient and the surgeons, as the suite can accommodate all the technology and diagnostic equipment needed for even the most complex and delicate surgical procedures.
“The new hybrid suite at EJGH allows our cardiovascular physicians to combine state-of-the-art imaging with a world-class operating room,” says Dr. James Perrien, Cardiologist with East Jefferson General Hospital. “It opens the horizons for us to be able to do more advanced procedures safely and with greater efficiency. This is a major addition to our array of cardiovascular services that we offer to the community.”
The first patient in the hybrid suite was Sidney Vicknair, for the repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm by cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Tod Engelhardt. Vicknair has a history of heart disease and has been a cardiac patient at East Jefferson since 1998, when Dr. Engelhardt performed coronary artery bypass surgery. In 2012, he required placement of a coronary stent.
After feeling good for over a year following the stent, Vicknair went to his annual cardiology physical and believed he was going to “ace it.” During the physical however, an ultrasound revealed an abdominal aortic aneurysm and a stress test further showed he had a blockage in his heart. Both needed intervention, but Dr. Engelhardt and his cardiologist, Dr. Luis Soto, decided to fix the aneurysm first and then take care of the blockage when he recovered from the aneurysm surgery.