East Jefferson General Hospital

Anyone can be a hero, and to prove it, the Blood Center at East Jefferson General Hospital is offering FREE superhero tshirts for every pint of blood or platelets donated through June 30.

Donate anytime during the month of June to receive your complimentary tshirt (while supplies last) and help save a life during the time of year that blood donations are needed most.

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.

Our Volunteers of the Month for May help bring in a unique, and one of the most popular, programs at East Jefferson General Hospital. Jerry Gibel and his pet therapy dog Tancuj have been bringing smiles to patients’ faces for the past five years, earning them this month’s top volunteer honors.

When Gibel and Tancuj enter a room, they immediately brighten up people’s day, both patients and Team Members alike. Pet therapy at EJGH has been proven to lift spirits, encourage communication, provides comfort, decreases anxiety and reduces loneliness, all of which lead to positive experiences at the hospital.

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.