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.

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.

In an effort to help support institutions that provide outstanding care to the communities they serve, Coca-Cola has graciously donated $30,000 to the East Jefferson General Hospital Foundation this past week.

“Individual donations and corporate support directly impact the healthcare that we provide to this community,” said Lucy King of the EJGH Foundation. “We are so grateful to Coca-Cola for their donation to our Foundation which can be seen in the form of ground breaking new technology, improved healing environments and patient centered care initiatives. Coke’s philanthropic investment in local healthcare helps to create thriving healthy communities for all who live and work here.”

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.

Providing a welcoming smile and a friendly attitude, our East Jefferson General Hospital Volunteer of the Month for April is Woman and Newborn’s Alyssa Segretto.

With nearly a year of service provided, Segretto has made it a point during her 120 hours of volunteer work to learn about how she can impact the quality initiatives of Woman and Newborn. She understands the importance as it relates to answering patients questions and communicates those concerns to the nursing staff.