East Jefferson General Hospital

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.

The Geaux Zone is based upon best practices that have worked elsewhere. It is a continuation of something EJGH had been using previously called "Fast Track". When asked if this completely replaces Fast Track, Cheryl Carter, EJGH's Director of the Emergency Department described the Geaux Zone as, "Fast Track on Steroids". The very nature of an Emergency Department means completely eliminating waiting for those with minor to moderate ailment is probably not practical. But, Geaux Zone and other innovations are designed to significantly cut the wait times and also use the resources in the ER more effectively so all patients get the care they need as efficiently as possible.

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.

MW Winner2014_webNational recognition signifies advanced Information Technology for patient safety and clinical improvements.

East Jefferson General Hospital has been named a 2014 Most Wired hospital by the American Hospital Association and Hospitals and Health Networks for its advancements in Information Technology adoption. This national distinction is based on the results of the independent Most Wired Survey of hospitals and health systems and mandates Most Wired hospitals to achieve advanced benchmark capabilities in all of the following four categories: Technology Infrastructure, Business and Administrative Management, Clinical Quality and Safety (Inpatient and Outpatient) and Clinical Integration (Ambulatory/Physician/Patient/Community).


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.

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HybridthumbEast Jefferson General Hospital hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Hybrid Surgical Suite on May 28, 2014. CEO Dr. Mark Peters, Board Chairman Newell Normand, Dr. Brothers, Dr. Engelhardt, Dr. Dugan, and other Board Members revealed the new surgical suite to EJGH’s medical staff. The state-of-the-art suite dramatically enhances the level of care to our patients by quickly addressing a patient’s needs. The hybrid suite combines cutting-edge surgical technology with sophisticated imaging. The suite also combines OR technology as well as a Cath Lab, which is great for surgeons and patients. Thanks to Cardiology, Radiology, Surgery and Building Services for making the Hybrid Surgical Suite possible.