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Monday, May 20 at 6PM
East Jefferson General Hospital
4200 Houma Boulevard, Metairie
Crawford Conference Center – Esplanade 1
This important public meeting is being led by Sherriff Newell Norman, EJGH Board Chairman, and Dr. Mark Peters, EJGH President and CEO. They will discuss the rapidly evolving changes in healthcare in Louisiana and throughout the United States and what your community hospitals are doing to ensure the quality and stability of healthcare in our region.
As healthcare reform is continuing to be implemented, Jefferson Parish's two publically-owned medical centers are facing challenges that will threaten their viability unless changes are made in the near future. The leaders of East Jefferson General Hospital and West Jefferson Medical Center are working together to identify ways to maintain the high quality of care our patients are accustomed to receiving and deserve, while ensuring financial soundness. Several options are being considered by the leadership to improve efficiency without sacrificing the quality of healthcare. Sale of the two hospitals, however, are not being considered.
This meeting is open to the public so they may hear key issues. Those in attendance will also have the opportunity to ask questions and express opinions.
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.
East Jefferson General Hospital is the first Louisiana hospital to receive Heart Failure Accreditation from the Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC). SCPC is an international not-for-profit organization that focuses on transforming cardiovascular care by assisting facilities in their effort to create communities of excellence that bring together quality, cost and patient satisfaction.
"I could not be more proud of this organization for the teamwork and excellence in care it provides to our community," says Dr. Mark Peters, EJGH President and CEO. "The accreditation puts us among the nation's leaders in successfully treating patients with heart failure. From diagnosis through recovery, our team of medical experts provides a high level of lifesaving care. We make it a priority to also teach patients how to make healthy choices in everyday life upon discharge, and this becomes the hallmark of our comprehensive program. I congratulate all of our team members for this honor."
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.