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The Board of Directors of East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) has terminated its partnership discussions with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). "HCA was unable to come to terms with Tulane University to restructure its current relationship, which would have allowed HCA to move forward with us," stated Newell Normand, chairman of the EJGH board of Directors. "As one of the nation's leading healthcare organizations, HCA is well respected and we wish them well in their future endeavors."
The EJGH board will not actively pursue partnership opportunities at this time.
During the three years of partnership discussions, East Jefferson's team members and medical staff have been successful in maintaining EJGH's standing as regional leader in clinical quality.
"We have achieved an "A" rating in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, as well as superior local, state, and national rankings in patient safety and clinical excellence from Care Chex," noted Dr. Mark J. Peters, the organization's President and CEO. "We have continued to invest in patient care, such as our expanded Oncology Infusion Center, our new Hybrid Surgical Suite, and our expanded inpatient oncology unit to name a few. Recognitions like our Nurse Magnet accreditation and our affiliation with the MD Anderson Cancer Network highlight our continued dedication to our community."
Chairman Normand added, "Our volunteers, Ladies' Auxiliary, and Foundation have been tremendously supportive during a challenging time in our history. East Jefferson General Hospital will continue its mission to provide the highest quality care to our patients and that remains our priority."
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.
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.
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.