East Jefferson General Hospital

To accommodate an increasing number of oncology patients, East Jefferson General Hospital in Metairie recently began a multimillion dollar construction project that will add a third story to its cancer treatment center, both modernizing and expanding the center's oncology capabilities. The third story will be added to the Yenni Treatment Center, located on the hospital's campus at 4200 Houma Blvd., Metairie.

It will house the Outpatient Oncology Infusion Center, currently located on the second floor, and triple its daily patient capacity for chemotherapy treatment.

Over the past decade, advances in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) technology have produced vast improvements in image quality. Better images can translate into better, more accurate diagnoses by physicians and often better outcomes for patients. However, despite the improvement in imagery and outcomes, the procedure itself has never been a walk-in-the-park. In conventional MRI machines, patients must lie on a table inside the narrow, tunnel-like opening of the magnet, sometimes for an extended length of time. They are required to remain very still and have only a few inches of extra room on any side. Combine these factors with the loud repetitive noise of the scanner and the stress of illness, and you have the recipe for a high-anxiety reaction, even from most even-keeled patient.

Santa for SeniorsThank you to the EJGH Creating our Culture Committee for all their hard work with the Santa for Seniors Program. Also, a big thank you goes out to all the team members who contributed this year to brighten the holiday season for so many senior citizens in our community. Over 50 hospital departments participated and over 600 gifts were collected!

This is the sixth year EJGH has partnered with Home Instead Senior Care on the Santa for Seniors Program. Over 438 seniors requested and received gifts at the following nursing homes: Colonial Oaks, Jefferson HealthCare, Metairie HealthCare, West Jefferson HealthCare, Our Lady of Wisdom, Sunrise Assistant Living Center and Kenner Senior Care. On December 12, almost 30 EJGH team members visited Colonial Oaks' holiday celebration to pass out gifts with Santa to the residents, sing carols and enjoy holiday treats.

"One of the truly wonderful things about our team members is their sense of community," said Mark Peters, MD, EJGH President and CEO. "They embrace this program every year because they know that it makes such a difference in the lives of the people they touch. I applaud their efforts and thank them for their generosity."

Santa for Seniors has become one of the most anticipated programs of the year. It is always a special time to visit with the residents and to spread holiday joy throughout the season.

EJGH gave a spirited welcome to cast members of the Mary Poppins Broadway production. Children from Alice Birney and St. Clement of Rome attended and were able to meet cast members and learn more about how they prepare for the show. Also, EJGH's own Mackie Shilstone and sports nutritionist Jodie Muhleisen spoke to the kids about the importance of eating healthy and exercising.

Earns Stage 6 designation from HIMSS

Metairie, LA - East Jefferson General Hospital has been recognized as a national leader in the Electronic Medical Record (EMR) Adoption Model by HIMSS Analytics after earning Stage 6 distinction. Fewer than seven percent of the 5,300 United States hospitals have achieved Stage 6 capabilities. This represents a significant advancement in patient safety, treatment protocols and the ability to effectively store and manage patient data.

"Being a leader in electronic medical record adoption indicates that EJGH is committed to being on the forefront of care," says Mark J. Peters, MD, EJGH President and CEO. "We are one of the first in the country to dedicate the resources needed to get to this point and understand that EMRs are the future of healthcare. While we are proud to have reached Stage 6, our dedicated physicians and team members are focused on advancing our abilities even further as we progress to full implementation."