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Battling Breast Cancer Print E-mail
Monday, September 29, 2014 03:42 PM

S.Hotard-tt.smallShawn Hotard, a wife and mother in her mid-forties, faces a diagnosis no woman wants to hear – breast cancer. Shawn is also an EJGH team member and radiology tech who understands the clinical benefits of catching cancer early. That is why she followed her physician's advice to have frequent mammogram screenings due to her dense breast tissue, even though she had no family history of the disease. And, that decision may have saved her life.

Conventional mammograms may have missed her cancer because it does not always offer a clear enough image through dense breast tissue. Now, with the use of 3D mammography technology, EJGH radiologists can detect cancers and better differentiate between cancers and normal breast cysts.

Shawn is now undergoing chemotherapy and will have radiation therapy as part of her future regimens of treatment.

Shawn is currently four weeks into a 12-week treatment plan, receiving infusion treatments of the drug Taxol through a subcutaneous port located on her chest.

"It doesn't hurt," she explains. "It's only when I'm sleeping and I happen to roll over on it. I'm suddenly made aware again that it is there. That is an odd feeling." The port acts as a symbol, a constant reminder of the cancer.

Through this entire process, she has been extremely positive. She attributes her strength to her family and large support system of friends and colleagues.

Shawn is sharing her story with in an eight part series from diagnosis to survivorship. Click here to follow Shawn's journey on

October Mammogram Specials! Print E-mail
Monday, September 29, 2014 02:46 PM

During National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, EJGH is helping fight this disease with specials to make mammography more available than ever.

$99 Screening Mammography

Throughout October both the EJGH Breast Care Center and the Imaging Center at EJGH Lakeview will be offering $99 screening mammograms with or without a doctor's order. Call for an appointment:

EJGH Breast Care Center
4200 Houma Blvd., second floor

EJGH Lakeview Imaging Center
7030 Canal Blvd.

EJGH presents Cheryl Sanders Memorial Research Day Print E-mail
Friday, September 26, 2014 12:00 AM

October 15, 2014
East Jefferson General Hospital Conference Center

As a Magnet hospital, EJGH is committed to achieving the best patient outcomes through professional development of our nurses and other clinical staff. As a healthcare leader, EJGH invites nurses and allied health clinicians, educators, and administrators in our community to share in our learning. Please don't miss your chance to attend the 2014 Cheryl Sanders Memorial Research Day on October 15th entitled " How the Quest for Magnet Supports Interprofessional Innovation and Excellence". Our Keynote speaker is Julia Aucoin, DNS, RN-BC, CNE, a Magnet expert who works for the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Although Julia has worked with the best hospitals in the USA, EJGH is one of her favorites, because EJGH is where she started her career and conducted her first research study!

Download the brochure for details, featured speakers and registration form.

EJGH announces agreement with Tulane Neurosurgery Group Print E-mail
Friday, September 12, 2014 03:12 PM

East Jefferson General Hospital has entered into an agreement with Tulane University Medical Group to provide neurosurgical services, including enhanced cranial and spinal care at its Metairie campus.

The practice includes the following physicians:

  • Peter S. Amenta, MD
  • Aaron S. Dumont, MD, FACS, FAHA, FAANS
  • Christopher Maulucci, MD
  • Ricky Medel, MD
  • Manish Singha, MD

This new relationship gives all EJGH patients access to the highest standard of care in neurosurgery," notes Mark J. Peters, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of the community hospital. "This group of physicians brings with them the clinical expertise required for complex endovascular care, aneurysm treatments, and embolization procedures. Previously, these cutting edge skill sets were not available at East Jefferson. It's a great day for neurosurgical care – new treatments and procedures will be available to all of our patients."

The neurosurgery group has a clinic on the East Jefferson campus, located at 4224 Houma Boulevard, Suite 550. The practice accepts all major insurance plans, as well as Medicare and Medicaid. For an appointment, call the practice at 504-503-7001 or call HealthFinder at 504-456-5000.

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