East Jefferson General Hospital earned four stars for the third consecutive term from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) when the organization released its much-anticipated Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings this past week.

EJGH outperformed all other area hospitals with its four stars and the measure places the institution among the top tier of the nearly 5,000 rated hospitals in the country, according to data released by CMS. This rating comes on the heels of both Leapfrog and CareChex, two independent hospital rating services naming EJGH as the region's number one hospital. 

EJGH EMS Paramedic Gaynell Martin was recognized by Kenner Mayor Ben Zahn with a Mayoral Proclamation, honoring Gaynell for her heroic resuscitation efforts that saved the life of a Kenner resident who also happened to be a long-time Kenner employee. Both Gaynell and her EMS partner Kevin Tulino were to be recognized but Kevin was out of town. Gaynell is surrounded by friends and family of the employee she saved.


The Foundation of East Jefferson General Hospital has awarded its 2018 INSPIRE Grants. These grants, dedicated to impacting and improving patient care, are requested by departments throughout the hospital. This year, nearly 70 requests were submitted for a sum of $300,000 that will go directly back to our patients.

After a lengthy vetting process, The Foundation is distributing these funds in total to the departments and causes listed below. Congratulations to each winner and thank you to The Foundation for this incredible patient-centered program.

Geoff Clement

Anytime the department you volunteer for calls you “Volunteer Extraordinaire” you know you are doing some extraordinary things. That is how the staff of Med Staff/Medical Library describe Geoff Clement. Geoff’s energy, sense of humor and commitment to his community is astonishing. In addition to his service to EJGH, he serves on the hospital Ethics Committee and devotes time to an area hospice.

Jean Belancio

Whether it’s in the Groundlink or just inside the main entrance of the hospital, your entrance to EJGH is always enhanced if Ms. Jean is volunteering at the information desk. Her smiling, courteous and helpful demeanor has set the most wonderful tone for thousands of visits to our facility. Her smile is a regular part of her uniform.

Not only is she wonderful to guests and visitors, her fellow volunteers have come to know that Jean is reliable and always willing to jump in and help. She once covered a fellow volunteer’s shifts for FIVE WEEKS while the other volunteer took an extended trip. That is just the way she is.