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3D technology helps doctors spot breast cancer more easily Print E-mail
Monday, August 18, 2014 02:41 PM

Shawn Hotard.web-smEJGH is one of the first hospitals in Louisiana to offer 3D Mammography. This new state-of-the-art technology provides 3-dimensional images of the breast, which can help detect abnormalities in dense breast better than standard mammography. 

Shawn Hotard, a wife and mother in her mid-forties, faces a diagnosis no woman wants to hear – breast cancer. Shawn is also an EJGH team member and radiology tech who understands the clinical benefits of catching cancer early. That is why she followed her physician's advice to have frequent mammogram screenings due to her dense breast tissue, even though she had no family history of the disease. And, that decision may have saved her life.

Conventional mammograms may have missed her cancer because it does not always offer a clear enough image through dense breast tissue. Now, with the use of 3D mammography technology, EJGH radiologists can detect cancers and better differentiate between cancers and normal breast cysts.

Shawn is now undergoing chemotherapy and will have radiation therapy as part of her future regimens of treatment. 

CLICK HERE to view a WWL-TV story that features Shawn Hotard and EJGH Radiologist Dr. Mary Beth Lobrano.

CLICK HERE to learn more about The Breast Care Center at EJGH and 3D mammography.

Last Updated on Monday, August 18, 2014 03:23 PM
Emergency Department Introduces the Geaux Zone! Print E-mail
Thursday, August 07, 2014 04:10 PM

doctor,patient-smallWith their new "Geaux Zone", East Jefferson General Hospital aims to significantly change the way many of us think of a visit to the Emergency Room. Emergency Departments historically have seen patients on a basis of who is clinically in more dire need. Those in more "emergent" need go first and those who are triaged with less specific or more "minor" needs wait until a physician is free to see them.

The Geaux Zone allows those patients who are triaged and assessed as not needing to be placed on a monitor or won't need to be placed in a bed move through to treatment quickly. Now, those patients can move directly to a physician screening, receive a treatment plan and move through the process more quickly than before. This is not only beneficial to the patient, it saves beds for those who will truly need them. The patients who most benefit from the new Geaux Zone include those with minor abdominal pain, minor illnesses or those who need simple medication or treatment but will not be hospitalized.

EJGH Welcomes Bruce Naremore As Chief Financial Officer Print E-mail
Thursday, July 24, 2014 12:31 PM

Bruce naremoreBruce Naremore has been named Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of East Jefferson General Hospital.

Prior to joining East Jefferson, Bruce served as the Director of Finance for Humana’s southern division since 2008. He previously worked at East Jefferson General Hospital as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer from 2003 to 2008.

“East Jefferson is a great community hospital, and I am thrilled to help lead its efforts toward greater financial stability and growth,” says Naremore. “Like many hospitals and healthcare institutions around the country, East Jefferson faces economic challenges, but these are challenges we will overcome. We have the clinical experience, technology and personnel in place to succeed and to be favorably compared to other leading institutions in the country.”

Bruce brings a wealth of experience in hospital finance and operations positions, and is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE).

Raised in Metairie, Bruce completed his Bachelor of Science degree at Louisiana State University (LSU), and also received his Master of Public Administration with an emphasis in Finance at LSU. He completed his Master of Science degree in Accounting from the University of New Orleans.

Bruce and his wife, Donna, have four children ranging in ages from 26 to 13. A fitness enthusiast, Bruce enjoys hiking, biking, and all outdoor sports.

EJGH Opens New Oncology Wing Print E-mail
Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:24 AM


On Thursday July 17th, EJGH cut the blue ribbon on our new inpatient oncology wing. This 16-bed unit not only expands our treatment capacity, it provides a space that is more patient and team member friendly. Mattie Hobley, Director of Oncology Services, praised Austin Reeder, Bub Millet, Gary Fortenberry and the entire Building Services Division for their great work in renovating the space and also praised the team members who never let patient care suffer during the transition from 5 West to their new home on 6 South. This new wing is just one more example of how EJGH is Making it Great Every Day.

To learn more about cancer care at East Jefferson General Hospital, click here.

Last Updated on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:47 AM
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