East Jefferson General Hospital

East Jefferson General Hospital EMS has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Gold Plus Award for implementing quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who experience severe heart attacks.

Every year, more than 250,000 people experience an ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the deadliest type of heart attack caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. To prevent death, it’s critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or by providing clot-busting medication.

Unfortunately, a significant number of STEMI patients don't receive this prompt reperfusion therapy, which is critical in restoring blood flow. Mission: Lifeline seeks to save lives by closing the gaps that separate these patients from timely access to appropriate treatments. Mission: Lifeline’s EMS recognition program recognizes emergency medical services for their efforts in improving systems of care and improving the quality of life for these patients.

The Board of Directors of East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) have voted to recommend Gerald Parton as the healthcare institution’s President and Chief Executive Officer. This endorsement will go the Jefferson Parish Council for approval later this month. 

Mr. Parton is the fourth CEO in the community hospital’s 46-year history. He replaces long time CEO Dr. Mark Peters, who retired in March of this year after serving in the role for 15 years. Raymond DeCorte M.D., the organization’s Chief Medical Officer and a general surgeon, served as interim CEO during the search process.

In an effort to help support institutions that provide outstanding care to the communities they serve, Coca-Cola has graciously donated $30,000 to the East Jefferson General Hospital Foundation this past week.

“Individual donations and corporate support directly impact the healthcare that we provide to this community,” said Lucy King of the EJGH Foundation. “We are so grateful to Coca-Cola for their donation to our Foundation which can be seen in the form of ground breaking new technology, improved healing environments and patient centered care initiatives. Coke’s philanthropic investment in local healthcare helps to create thriving healthy communities for all who live and work here.”

For the third time in just five years, East Jefferson General Hospital’s Woman and Newborn Services department has earned the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) Care award.

The IBCLC Care Award is a special recognition given to hospital-based facilities and community-based agencies that staff IBCLC certificants as part of the care team serving new families. An IBCLC is a health care professional who specializes in the clinical management of breastfeeding.

Providing a welcoming smile and a friendly attitude, our East Jefferson General Hospital Volunteer of the Month for April is Woman and Newborn’s Alyssa Segretto.

With nearly a year of service provided, Segretto has made it a point during her 120 hours of volunteer work to learn about how she can impact the quality initiatives of Woman and Newborn. She understands the importance as it relates to answering patients questions and communicates those concerns to the nursing staff.