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Carrabba's Grand Opening to Benefit The Foundation at EJGH Print E-mail
Monday, January 26, 2015 12:00 AM

Portion of proceeds will support health programs and services for the community.

On February 2, the new Carrabba's Italian Grill® in Metairie is opening its doors at 4641 Veterans Boulevard. To celebrate the grand opening, Carrabba's is partnering with The Foundation at East Jefferson General Hospital with a giveback event that will benefit The Foundation.

Carrabba's Italian Grill will donate proceeds from opening day sales to benefit The Foundation at East Jefferson General Hospital to provide funding for educational programs, healthcare services, technology, and capital expansion projects. "We are honored to be the beneficiary of Carrabba's opening night," said Valerie Englade, Senior Vice President, Community Affairs at East Jefferson General Hospital. "It is through the support of friends like Carrabba's that make it a pleasure to be part of Metairie. We encourage everyone to come out for a great meal while also benefitting your community hospital."

East Jefferson Internal Medicine Named State Leader in Kidney Care by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana Print E-mail
Tuesday, December 30, 2014 02:30 PM


Dr. Sidney "Beau" Raymond (center), Chair of East Jefferson General Hospital Chapter for Gulf South Quality Network, presents Dr. Blaise Angelico (left) and Dr. Robert Pollock (right) with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana 2014 Highest Achievement in Kidney Care in Louisiana award.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana (BCBSLA) has awarded East Jefferson Internal Medicine with the 2014 Highest Achievement in Kidney Care in Louisiana distinction during its recent Quality Blue Primary Care Statewide Collaborative ceremony. Physicians from East Jefferson Internal Medicine highlighted for their effectiveness in treated kidney disease were Dr. Blaise Angelico and Dr. Robert Pollock. This first-time event honors clinics throughout Louisiana that demonstrate clinical excellence and higher levels of patient outcomes in the most prevalent, chronic conditions including kidney disease, vascular care, hypertension and diabetes.

"We always look for innovative approaches to improve the care we deliver to our patients, and I congratulate our physicians, and in particular, Drs. Angelico and Pollock. As a group the physicians of East Jefferson Internal Medicine performed well on this particular measure and Drs. Pollock and Angelico led the way. By implementing the medical treatments and protocols that are most successful in managing chronic diseases, we are able to improve the quality of life and health of our patients. We are extremely proud that our approach places us as a state leader and look forward to continual improvement in providing quality patient care," said Dr. Sidney "Beau" Raymond, Chair of East Jefferson General Hospital Chapter for Gulf South Quality Network.

State-Of-The-Art Hybrid Surgical Suite Print E-mail
Friday, December 05, 2014 11:39 AM

“I was so lucky they
found it when they
did because I would
have dropped dead at
some point,” 
Sidney Vicknair

By: Keith Darcey


East Jefferson General Hospital is dedicated to remaining a national leader, in not only the treatment of routine cardiac care, but also the complex cardiac surgical cases that require advanced care. To accommodate the rising number of patients who need specialized treatment and surgical procedures, EJGH has now opened one of the most advanced hybrid surgical suites in our region. The hybrid surgical suite combines elements of a cardiac catheterization lab and an operating room to allow surgeons to perform cardiac and surgical procedures in the same operating room without moving the patient. This is a tremendous advantage for the patient and the surgeons, as the suite can accommodate all the technology and diagnostic equipment needed for even the most complex and delicate surgical procedures.  

“The new hybrid suite at EJGH allows our cardiovascular physicians to combine state-of-the-art imaging with a world-class operating room,” says Dr. James Perrien, Cardiologist with East Jefferson General Hospital. “It opens the horizons for us to be able to do more advanced procedures safely and with greater efficiency. This is a major addition to our array of cardiovascular services that we offer to the community.”

The first patient in the hybrid suite was Sidney Vicknair, for the repair of an abdominal aortic aneurysm by cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Tod Engelhardt. Vicknair has a history of heart disease and has been a cardiac patient at East Jefferson since 1998, when Dr. Engelhardt performed coronary artery bypass surgery. In 2012, he required placement of a coronary stent.

After feeling good for over a year following the stent, Vicknair went to his annual cardiology physical and believed he was going to “ace it.” During the physical however, an ultrasound revealed an abdominal aortic aneurysm and a stress test further showed he had a blockage in his heart. Both needed intervention, but Dr. Engelhardt and his cardiologist, Dr. Luis Soto, decided to fix the aneurysm first and then take care of the blockage when he recovered from the aneurysm surgery.

EJGH Ranked Market Leader in Patient Safety Print E-mail
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 02:17 PM

CareChex w_tagNational patient safety organization CareChex® rates hospital #1 in for Patient Safety in Overall Hospital, Medical, Cardiac and Surgical Care.

According to the 2015 CareChex® ratings, East Jefferson General Hospital is number one in this market in 12 key clinical categories regarding patient safety and placed in the top 10% in the nation in 16 key patient safety categories. Dr. Mark Peters, EJGH President & CEO, is justifiably proud of these rankings, says that “This is yet another independent rating service confirming that EJGH is a national leader in healthcare and that we are providing the finest care possible to the community we serve.”

CareChex, a Division of COMPARION, is an independent hospital rating service who bases their rankings on hospital data regarding safety and outcomes.

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