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EJGH Offers CT Lung Screenings Print E-mail
Friday, October 12, 2012 08:01 AM

Are you a current or former smoker age 55 or older? Have you smoked at least a pack of cigarettes per day for 30 years? If you answered "yes" to these questions, you may benefit from a lung CT screening. Studies have shown that CT detects lung cancers earlier than chest x-rays, when the cancer is smaller and more treatable, leading to better outcomes for patients.

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EJGH Earns Fourth Consecutive AHA Gold Performance Award Print E-mail
Friday, October 12, 2012 07:43 AM

The American Heart Association has just named EJGH's cardiac heart failure program a Gold Performance Award for a fourth consecutive year through their Get With The Guidelines program. This award signifies outstanding clinical outcomes in treating patients diagnosed with heart failure. EJGH is the only hospital in our area to receive this award in heart failure for a fourth consecutive year.

East Jefferson General Hospital is proud of our continued excellence in cardiac care. This is such a special distinction for our physicians, nursing staff and everyone throughout the organization. What makes this award so special is that it is based on how we administer care to our patients over the course of multiple years. That means we are consistently meeting or exceeding the standards set by one of the country's most prominent organizations over an extended time frame.

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Play It Cool - Prepare for heat-related illnesses during the hottest time of the year Print E-mail
Written by Katie Kidder Crosbie   
Friday, September 21, 2012 11:01 AM

The summer of 2012 has been a scorcher, with temperature breaking record highs all over the country. In New Orleans as everyone knows it's not just the heat; it's also the humidity. The combination can become dangerous or even deadly for outdoor workers, the elderly, children and anyone else who lingers in the sun too long.

Heat-related illnesses are connected to the body's inability to release heat. By drinking fluids and sweating, most people are able to cool themselves sufficiently. However, when conditions become so humid that sweat cannot evaporate, heat stays trapped in the body. Because dehydration is also a concern, prolonged exposure to high temperatures can cause illness even for those who are able to sweat effectively.

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Isaac finds same couple at Metairie hospital -- just like during Katrina Print E-mail
Wednesday, August 29, 2012 07:10 PM

Click here to watch a video of Kim Avocato during Hurricane Isaac at East Jefferson General Hospital.

Seven years ago Kim and Michael Avocato spent Hurricane Katrina in East Jefferson General Hospital. They were caring for his ailing parents, both patients there.

This week they're back again for Isaac, Michael with a stubborn lung infection and Kim looking after him, renewing old acquaintances on the staff and pitching in to help. Sure they'd rather be at their house, but Kim Avocato, who hugs the nurses and laughs easily with them, considers East Jefferson General almost a home away from home.

"They've been wonderful to both of us," she said. "This hospital is the next best thing to being with God."

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