Joseph Mikes

With six years of service totaling over 2,500 hours, our East Jefferson General Hospital Volunteer of the Month for December is Joseph Mikes, a dedicated member of the Domino 2 and Ground Link departments.

Mikes splits his time between the two departments, working at the hospital every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday since 2011. Always friendly and outgoing, Mikes has proved to be a perfect fit at the hospital’s information desk, where he provides excellent customer service.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, along with the World Hypertension League, this week recognized 11 East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) primary care physicians who have 70 percent or more of their patients at goal for health quality measures to treat high blood pressure.

These physicians are part of Quality Blue Primary Care, Blue Cross’ program for patient-focused care that leads to better health results for customers.

This year’s EJGH recipients are:

The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit health care ratings organization, today released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grades. The Safety Grade assigns letter grades of A, B, C, D and F to hospitals nationwide based on their performance in preventing medical errors, infections and other harms. East Jefferson General Hospital was one of 832 awarded an “A” for its commitment to keeping patients safe and meeting the highest safety standards in the U.S.

The “A” from Leapfrog is also the third consecutive top-mark for EJGH and makes the hospital the only institution in the greater New Orleans area to boast such a streak.

The Joint Commission has recognized East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) as a 2017 Pioneers in Quality™ Data Contributor for its contributions to electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data for quality improvement in health care.

Until recently, most hospitals collected information to measure health care quality by manually abstracting data from patient records. Today, through eCQMs—which rely on structured, encoded data present in the electronic health record—hospitals can electronically collect and transmit data on the quality of care that patients receive. The electronic data can be analyzed to measure and improve care processes, performance and outcomes.

The Joint Commission, the United States’ leading accreditor of health care organizations, established the Pioneers in Quality™ program to assist and recognize hospitals that report eCQM data, as well as share best practices for all hospitals in gathering, analyzing and leveraging eCQM data for quality improvement.

East Jefferson General Hospital for the third consecutive year has been rated No. 1 in overall hospital care as well as patient safety and overall medical care in Louisiana, garnering it’s highest possible ranking, a “check plus plus” status, by the 2018 CareChex quality rating system.

The No. 1 hospital in the state of Louisiana also garnered high-marks from Healthgrades, a nation-wide provider of patient safety data, which awarded EJGH with the Stroke Care Excellence Award and Neurosciences Excellence Award, noting the hospital’s superior outcomes in those categories.

“To be named number one in the state once is outstanding, but to do it for a third straight term highlights our commitment to our patients,” said EJGH President and CEO Gerald Parton. “Our dedication to excellent medical outcomes and patient safety remains our top priority; these latest quality rankings confirm our standing in the healthcare industry.”