East Jefferson General Hospital

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."

As new mom Victoria Judge says of her daughter Charlotte, "I don't think anyone expected her to survive that day, but I firmly believe that the doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists who cared for her so deeply, made all the right decisions that day. They are the reason we have our sweet Charlotte home and doing well at nine months now."

Healthcare workers often wonder how much of a difference they make on lives and on the people they touch. Victoria Judge can attest to the care provided for her little girl and wanted to say thank you to Drs. Christina Goodridge, Ann Chau and Malektaj Yazdani, along with Drs. Staci Olister and Joseph Miller, as well as the Woman & Child staff, Respiratory and all who cared for Charlotte during her hospital stay. The dedication and compassion shown was extraordinary.

NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana fails when it comes to having healthy newborns.

That word from the March of Dimes, that says we lose our most valuable commodity, children's health, when it comes to pre-mature babies.

Louisiana gets an "F" because last year 15.6 percent of babies were born before 37 weeks of pregnancy. There were two main causes: smoking during pregnancy, a known danger, and the number of mothers-to-be without health insurance, who don't get regular prenatal doctor care.

East Jefferson General Hospital patient Wayne Solis endured a health scare that had completely compromised his quality of life. Solis now thanks all the EJGH staff and physicians who worked on his care for turning his health around.

"I have had the opportunity to travel around the world and stay in some really nice hotels," says Solis. "But, the treatment and attention I received at East Jefferson was beyond wonderful. They made me feel as though I was staying at a Ritz Carlton."

Great Nursing Lives Here

Congratulations to the nurses at East Jefferson General Hospital who were recognized as part of Louisiana's "Great 100" Nurses. The Great 100 is compiled by the Louisiana State Nursing Association and recognizes these individuals as skilled clinicians and compassionate caregivers.

We celebrate these 14 nurses for their dedication and for their commitment to excellence in patient care. Representing multiple specialties and service lines, the following nurses reflect the very best in healthcare.