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EJGH Pioneers medCPU Technology to Ensure Quality and Outcomes Print E-mail
Thursday, May 21, 2015 04:07 PM

Today, East Jefferson General Hospital is pleased to announce its partnership with medCPU, a sophisticated decision support software system designed to assist clinicians in delivering the most accurate and appropriate care possible. This system can confirm the course of treatment or alert the clinician when the treatment runs counter to best practices.

EJGH is excited to be the first healthcare facility in Louisiana to bring this exclusive cutting-edge technology to the community. medCPU is another tool EJGH can utilize to provide quality service, care, and comfort to the residents we serve.

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Woman & Newborn Services Receives International Award Print E-mail
Monday, May 11, 2015 01:25 PM

IBCLC award logoThe International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners® (IBLCE®) and International Lactation Consultant Association® (ILCA®) select EJGH for excellence in lactation care.

EJGH received the IBCLC Care Award in recognition for staffing professionals who hold the prestigious International Board Certified Lactation Consultant® certification (IBCLC®) and who provide a lactation program that is available seven days a week. Members of the Women and Newborn Services department completed breastfeeding training and recently completed activities that help protect, promote, and support breastfeeding. They are also trained to help mothers overcome breastfeeding challenges after the baby is born and during early growth stages.

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Partnership discussions with HCA terminated Print E-mail
Monday, April 20, 2015 10:40 AM

EJ-campus-webThe Board of Directors of East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) has terminated its partnership discussions with Hospital Corporation of America (HCA). "HCA was unable to come to terms with Tulane University to restructure its current relationship, which would have allowed HCA to move forward with us," stated Newell Normand, chairman of the EJGH board of Directors. "As one of the nation's leading healthcare organizations, HCA is well respected and we wish them well in their future endeavors."

The EJGH board will not actively pursue partnership opportunities at this time.

During the three years of partnership discussions, East Jefferson's team members and medical staff have been successful in maintaining EJGH's standing as regional leader in clinical quality.

"We have achieved an "A" rating in patient safety from The Leapfrog Group, as well as superior local, state, and national rankings in patient safety and clinical excellence from Care Chex," noted Dr. Mark J. Peters, the organization's President and CEO. "We have continued to invest in patient care, such as our expanded Oncology Infusion Center, our new Hybrid Surgical Suite, and our expanded inpatient oncology unit to name a few. Recognitions like our Nurse Magnet accreditation and our affiliation with the MD Anderson Cancer Network highlight our continued dedication to our community."

Chairman Normand added, "Our volunteers, Ladies' Auxiliary, and Foundation have been tremendously supportive during a challenging time in our history. East Jefferson General Hospital will continue its mission to provide the highest quality care to our patients and that remains our priority."

 
EJGH Named Baby-Friendly Print E-mail
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 02:54 PM

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This past week, East Jefferson General Hospital (EJGH) became one of the first hospitals in our region to receive international recognition as a Baby-Friendly Designated facility from Baby-Friendly USA. This prestigious award is endorsed by the National Institute for Children's Health Quality (NICHQ) and National Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and sponsored by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF). One of only five hospitals to hold this distinction in Louisiana, EJGH has been recognized as providing an optimal level of care for their families by implementing practices that are based on the "Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding".

For over two years the hospital has been on the Baby-Friendly journey with the core team attending national learning sessions and bringing new ideas and initiatives back to EJGH. "The team was comprised of physicians, nurses, lactation consultants and a mother, and all of them were integral parts of our success," said Barbara Carson, RN and Team Leader. "Together we worked to implement evidence-based practices including skin-to-skin care and rooming-in, which will ensure that all our new mothers will have the best start possible."

Earning this designation meant the EJGH had demonstrated the highest levels of standardized, evidence based practices and were providing in-depth hands on education to mothers to be. The credentialing process included a rigorous two- day site visit where assessors evaluated policies, community partnerships, education plans, and interviewed patients, physicians, and staff members. "All our team members have worked very hard to accomplish this goal" said Paula Adamcewicz, Director of Woman & Newborn Services, "It is a direct result of their commitment and dedication that we were able to achieve this designation".

There are more than 15,000 Baby Friendly facilities in over 134 countries worldwide and currently more than 240 in the USA. East Jefferson General Hospital is proud to be among them.

 
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