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East Jefferson General Hospital
Board of Directors
W. Henry Shane, Jr., Chairman
Howard Brenner, M.D. 
Gustavo Colon, M.D.
James M. Hudson 
Newell Normand   
Emmitt Richardson, Sr. 
Gregory G. Rittiner 
Ashton J. Ryan, Jr. 
David Silvers, M.D.
Tiffany Scot Wilken
President and
Chief Executive Officer
Mark J. Peters, M.D., CPE
Vice President,
Marketing Communications
Valerie Englade
East Jefferson General Hospital promised 2008 would be a landmark year in our history. I am proud
of the fact that we delivered on that promise. We took our already nationally-recognized cancer
center, and made it even stronger. Our affiliation with M. D. Anderson Physicians Network has truly
changed cancer care in our region. This affiliation has placed us among the nation’s elite.
Our commitment to battling cancer has not stopped there. This affiliation with M. D. Anderson
has given our medical professionals access to the latest evidence-based treatment protocols and
cutting-edge research. Our medical staff and hospital leadership have made sure our physicians have
the best resources available to apply that knowledge. As you will read in this edition of Healthy
Lifestyles, we have introduced the Novalis Tx, the most powerful and accurate technology available
for performing radiation therapy. EJGH is only the fifth center in the country to pair this technology
with our existing Trilogy Stereotactic System.
As we enter 2009, this year is also full of promise and opportunities. We are again unveiling major
initiatives to improve our capabilities to serve our community. A major focus is our continued effort
to help keep you and your family healthy. Preventative healthcare and a healthy lifestyle is the best
way to avoid chronic and acute health problems.
Managing Editor/Writer
John Sartori
Cyd Casados
Keith Darcey
Graphic Design
Julie Chappuis
Kristin Steimle
Glade Bilby II
Support Staff
Gerlaine Brewer
Duc Nguyen
Healthy Lifestyles Magazine is a quarterly magazine published to
highlight the adjuvant organizations of East Jefferson General Hospital.
Its purpose is to inform community members about organizational and
hospital news and events.
Nondiscrimination Policy
East Jefferson is your best source for health education and wellness programs. Our commitment is
to go out into the community where you live and work to deliver the tools needed for healthy living.
This year we have scheduled additional health education seminars featuring our expert physicians
and staff, and have expanded the topics covered to offer an even more comprehensive education.
In addition, we will roll out new programs and services, continue adding cutting-edge technologies
and upgrade our facilities to give you the best possible patient experience. This will be another
great year in our long history. Our entire region depends on quality healthcare, with your community
hospital leading the way.
In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its implementing regulation, East Jefferson General Hospital will, directly or through
contractual or other arrangements, admit and treat all persons without
regard to race, color or national origin in its provisions of services and
benefits, including assignments or transfers within the facility and referrals
to or from the facility. Staff privileges are granted without regard to race,
color or national origin. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation
Act of 1973 and its implementing regulation, East Jefferson General Hospital
will not, directly or through contractual or other arrangements, discriminate
on the basis of handicap in admissions, access, treatment or employment. In
accordance with the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and its implementing
regulation, East Jefferson General Hospital will not, directly or through
contractual or other arrangements, discriminate on the basis of age in the
provision of services, unless age is a factor necessary to the normal operation or the achievement of any statutory objective.
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cost of sexy heels
women don’t realize how much of their foot, leg, and back health
they sacrifice when they put on that stylish new pump
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offers better outcomes for knee surgery
page 08: Losing weight, reaching
goals & changing your life
find out how others are changing their life for the best
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On the cover: A guest at the W Hotel New Orleans
gives her feet a break from wearing high heels.
sexy heels
By Cyd Casados
It doesn’t take a doctor or a scientist to
figure out that high heels aren’t the most
comfortable shoes on the planet, but many
women don’t realize how much of their foot,
leg, and back health they sacrifice when they
put on that stylish new pump.
There are a number of ailments related to
wearing high heels, from minor corns and
calluses, to more serious bunions, sprained
ankles, tendonitis, back problems, and even
osteoarthritis, a painful, degenerative disease.
Starting from top to bottom, let’s look at both
the short- and long-term effects of wearing
high heels.
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High heels place your foot in a downward position, putting more
pressure on your forefoot. This causes the lower part of your body
to lean forward, and your upper body to lean back, compensating
to keep you balanced. Both your hips and spine are forced out of
alignment when wearing heels.
Knee osteoarthritis is twice as common in women, potentially in
part due to wearing high heels. Osteoarthritis is a breakdown of
the cartilage that works as a shock absorber between the bones
where they meet at the joint. When this cartilage breaks down,
the cushion is gone, and the bones rub together. This results in
pain, swelling, and decreased range of motion in the joint.
When walking in heels, your foot is in a downward position, so
you aren’t able to push off the ground with as much force. As a
result, your hip flexor muscles, located on the upper front part of
your thighs, have to work harder. This can cause the hip muscles to
shorten over time and eventually lead to lower back problems.
The normal s-curve of the back acts as a shock absorber, reducing
stress on the vertebrae. Wearing high heels forces you to lean
forward. Your body responds by decreasing the forward curve of
your lower back to keep your body in alignment and can lead to
overuse of the back muscles and resultant pain.
For those with advanced osteoarthritis surgery may be the only
viable option. If this is your situation there are new technologies
making knee replacement surgery less invasive and more
successful (see “Navigation Technology Offers Better Outcomes
for Knee Surgery” on page 7).
Although heels make your legs look longer in the short run,
they actually can cause a shortening and tightening of your calf
muscles. This is due to the angle into which the heel forces your
Knee osteoarthritis is twice as common in women, potentially in part due to wearing high heels.
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“High heels put your foot and
ankle in a plantar-flexed and
unstable position. This puts
you at greater risk of losing
your balance and spraining or
breaking an ankle,”
says John R. Carradine, DPM, and foot/ankle surgeon
at East Jefferson General Hospital.
The position of your ankle when wearing high heels can also lead
to a shortening of your Achilles tendon. This increases the pull of
the tendon at the point it attaches at the back of your heel and
can lead to Achilles tendonitis, or a painful inflammation of the
tendon. “The most common problems we see from wearing high
heels are from this shortening of the Achilles tendon—plantar
fasciitis, bursitis, and tendonitis,” said Dr. Carradine.
The higher the heel, the greater the pressure becomes on
your forefoot. Wearing a shoe
with a 3-inch heel increases the
pressure on the bottom of your
forefoot by 76%, or seven times
the pressure of flats according
to the American Academy of
Orthopeadic Surgeons. All this
pressure can lead to a number
of foot problems.
Morton’s neuroma is a growth
of nerve tissue in your foot, often between your third and fourth
toes, and causes a sharp, burning pain in the ball of your foot. Your
toes may also sting, burn or feel numb. Hammertoes result from
the toes being forced into a bent position at the middle joint due
to cramping in the front toebox. Over time the muscles of the
second, third, and fourth toes can’t straighten, even when not
wearing shoes. Tight-fitting shoes can also result in bunions, or
a bony growth on the joint, at the base of the big toe, which is
forced to angle in towards the other toes, causing pain.
Wearing heels redistributes weight on to the ball of the foot,
causing pain resulting from a condition known as metatarsalgia.
Nail problems, such as fungus and ingrown nails, can also be
caused by the pressure of the toes on the front of the shoe.
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So what’s a
girl to do?
You don’t have to run to your closet and throw out all your favorite
shoes, but there are some simple rules for taking better care of
your feet.
“Start by making smart choices when you buy shoes. If you
choose to continue wearing heels, choose those with square
toes. Wearing a square-toed shoe helps prevent pinching and
scrunching at the toes,” says Dr. Carradine. “Have your foot
measured when you are at the store. According to the American
Podiatric Medical Association almost 65% of women haven’t had
their foot measured in the last 5 years. Foot size can change with
pregnancy or arthritis.”
Some additional shoe
buying tips include:
• Shop for shoes at the end of the day when feet are naturally swollen.
• If shoes feel tight, don’t buy them. There should be no “break-in” period.
• Stand when being fitted and allow a half-inch space from your longest
toe to the end of the shoe.
• Try on both shoes.
• Always buy for the larger-size foot, if your feet are different sizes.
• Buy breathable, flexible materials such as leather or microfiber.
• Look for shoes with thicker soles to provide for better shock absorption.
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“Flats are actually not the best. A low heel
of one-half to three-quarters of an inch are
best for your overall leg and foot well being.
Most flip flops don’t offer enough arch
support. But if you want to wear flip flops
there are brands that offer options with
adequate support,” according to Dr. Carradine.
Alternate between high heels and low heels to allow your Achilles
tendon to stretch, and after wearing heels, stretch out the back
of your legs. As many women have discovered, you can prevent a
lot of wear and tear on your feet by wearing tennis shoes or other
flatter shoes when walking long distances, such as to the office,
then switch to heels when you get there. Or wear your heels out
and bring a flatter pair of shoes along with you.
And if you’ve got that favorite pair of 3-inchers you can’t part with?
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends
no more than three hours in three-inch heels. So save your high
heels for that cocktail party or other special occasion.
If you would like to make an appointment with Dr. Carradine, or another EJGH
physician, please contact HealthFinder at
navigation technology
Chad Millet, MD
Orthopedic surgeon at EJGH
Navigation Technology Offers Better
Outcomes for Knee Surgery
By Cyd Casados
Every year approximately 300,000 total knee
replacement surgeries are performed in the United
States, according to the American Academy of
Orthopaedic Surgeons, and that number is expected
to rise to 457,000 in the next two decades.
“This technology allows me to make an adjustment, within a fraction
of a degree, to ensure the best possible outcome for the patient,”
says Dr. Millet.
A total knee replacement surgery replaces diseased
or damaged cartilage and bone of the knee with a
knee implant made of synthetic materials. Total knee
replacement is usually recommended for patients with
severe knee pain and disability caused by damage to
cartilage from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis or
Just as the alignment of your vehicle affects the wear
and tear on your tires, having proper alignment of
the knee replacement with the hip joint affects the
smooth movement and long-term wear of a knee
implant. Navigation technology helps orthopedic
surgeons more accurately align the knee implant with
the patient’s anatomy and is rapidly expanding the
options for knee replacement surgery.
One such navigation system is the new Stryker
Navigation System. Orthopedic surgeon Chad
Millet, M.D., uses this new technology with his knee
replacement surgeries. “This system helps with
accurate implant alignment and proper ligament
balancing which are both crucial for artificial knee
joint stability, durability and sufficient range of
motion,” explains Dr. Millet.
The system uses an infrared camera and instruments,
along with unique tracking software to continually
monitor the position and alignment of the implant
components. Specialized wireless “trackers” are
attached to the knee and send movement data to the
computer, which then analyzes and displays this data
on a computer monitor. From these 3-D images the
surgeon is provided a more complete understanding
of the joint mechanics before any bone is cut.
“This information allows me to make adjustments,
to within a fraction of a degree, to ensure the best
possible outcome for the patient,” says Dr. Millet.
In addition to improved outcomes, another benefit of
the Stryker system is its ease of use. The instruments
are designed for maximum surgeon comfort and
the software adapts to each surgeon’s technique.
Research has shown the system may also lead to
shorter hospital stays and fewer post-operative
complications. The patient is then able to return
more quickly to normal, everyday activities.
Dr. Millet points out, “The older generation of
navigation systems required drilling markers into the
bone outside of the incision, which did leave small
scars. With the Stryker system the markers are placed
inside the incision, even a minimally invasive incision,
leading to even less scaring.”
For more information about the Total
Joint Replacement Program at East
Jefferson General Hospital, contact
Laurie Norman, RN, at 504-454-4215
or email [email protected]
change your life
Losing Weight,
Goals & Changing Your
They are doing it, you can too.
By John Sartori
In October 2008, WWL-TV aired commercials for a new promotion
entitled the “Subway Get Fit Challenge.” This 7-month challenge
is intended to give ten local residents the chance, and resources,
needed to significantly improve their health and their lives. Each
participant will be given a series of gift cards from Subway that
will pay for one meal per day at local Subway locations. They
will also receive personalized menus and meal plans from Julie
Fortenberry, LDN, RD, sports and lifestyle nutritionist for The
Fitness Principle with Mackie Shilstone, and access to the EJGH
Wellness Center.
Their Wellness Center experience began with a consultation
with a personal trainer who set them on a personalized fitness
program built around their individual strengths, weaknesses
and needs. Another sponsor, Superior Honda, hopped in with a
wonderful incentive midway through the nomination process.
Each contestant who successfully complete the program will get
a chance to win a brand new automobile, the Honda Fit!
Dozens of applicants responded. The only criteria for participation
was to explain, in writing, then in an interview setting, why you
should be chosen to participate in a weight loss/fitness challenge.
The reasons given ranged from the expected, “I want to change
my habits to be an inspiration to my children,” to the medical,
“I have a family history of diabetes, obesity and heart disease. I
need to get this under control now in order to watch my children
grow up,” to the heart wrenching, “I am going to Disney World
with my kids and right now, I don’t fit in the rides. I don’t want
to embarrass my kids, I want to go and enjoy our time together.”
The nominees were pared down to a total of 20 who were
invited to WWL-TV’s studio for the personal interview portion
of the process. After that, ten finalists were selected. They
represent a diverse cross-section of fitness levels, ages, gender
and ethnicities. Some are severely overweight, some are not.
Some have existing medical conditions, others do not. One thing
they had in common; they all made it clear they wanted to do
whatever it took to reach their fitness goals.
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A Personalized Contest:
For the contestants, one of the more appealing aspects of this contest
is that there is no one single measurement for contestant success. Each
is on a personalized program. Working with the fitness and nutritional
experts associated with the program, each participant has identified
their own measurements for success. That measurement may be
overall weight loss, inches lost, Body Mass Index improvement, lower
blood pressure readings, lower blood sugar counts or combinations
of all these. Each participant will be regularly weighed and measured.
Continuing in the program is solely based upon continuing adherence.
Kel Remkes, Promotions Director of WWL-TV is thrilled that each has
their own definition of winning, “We are airing the ongoing stories of
these participants on WWL for 7 months. We know there will be peaks
and valleys in their journey. We want to capture all the good and the
bad so the entire community sees it is possible to live here and be
both more fit and happy.”
A Great Start:
The program got off to a great start with every contestant meeting
with the nutritionist and personal trainer. In the first month, EVERY
contestant lost weight. Also, each one used the EJGH Wellness Center,
with five of the ten using it at least three times per week. Those not
attending the Wellness Center are following a personalized program
that allows them to walk in their neighborhood or use their own fitness
facility. How do we know they are following the program? Regular
weigh-ins and photographs track participant’s progress. Anyone who
two months in a row demonstrates they are not staying on track will
be disqualified from the program.
Randy Becnel, Director of the EJGH Wellness Center, is thrilled to
have such a diverse group going through the program. “Our personal
trainers have been able to design a very unique program for each
person. The best part is, they all saw very quick results and that has
helped motivate them to stay on course. The most rewarding part
of our jobs is helping people make the positive changes needed for
them to live longer, happier, more fulfilling lives.”
“The most rewarding part of our jobs is
helping people make the positive changes
needed for them to live longer, happier
more fulfilling lives.”
Randy Becnel, Director of the EJGH Wellness Center
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These are Our Contestants:
Before the contest ever began, each of the contestants was invited, along with their entire family, to a reception
at the WWL-TV studio. The families were there because these changes are going to impact them as well as the
contestants. Each and every family member expressed tremendous enthusiasm for helping their loved one achieve
their goals and stay in the running to be the one to drive away in a new car.
Natalie Biondolillo-50
Nick Maggio-35
Turning 50 this year, Natalie doesn’t like the recent
changes in her body. She wants to stop the spread
now. Having lost both parents before they turned 60,
she wants to do all she can to make sure that doesn’t
happen to her. A real life private eye, Natalie has jumped
into this with unbridled enthusiasm.
Nick makes his living in sales, competing as he says,
“against former jocks and workout junkies. Then they
see me come in the door.” Nick wants to get in better
shape so he can help change the eating and living
habits of his two children, ages 2 and 4. Nick is another
contestant who wants to cross the Crescent City Classic
finish line this year.
James Boughton-36
James works in construction. The motivating factor
for him is a family history that includes hypertension,
diabetes, heart disease and the recent loss of his father.
Married and living in Covington with his wife and two
children, James wants to address his family history
predisposition and work his way up to running 5 miles.
Also, he knows getting more fit will make him a better
sparring partner as he pursues his hobby, Tae Kwon Do.
Jennifer Fuentes-24
She tutors at school, is raising two small children and
wants to get her teaching degree. With all this going
on, she wants to get rid of those few pounds she gained
having two children within 3 years. “My husband really
has only seen me either pregnant or getting over being
pregnant. I want him to see the Jennifer I know is there
just a few pounds beneath this.”
Keith Kelly-41
Keith jokes that he is in shape, “if you call round a
shape.” Married and with kids, Keith wants to be able to
play with his children and get his health under control.
“I have been big for so long, I know what a difference it
will make for my wife, my kids and every aspect of my
life to get my weight and my health under control.”
Dianne Lowe-40
Dianne knew she was ready to join the challenge when
her 5-year-old asked her to come down and play on the
floor and she realized she couldn’t enjoy even those
simple moments any more. Dianne says finishing the
Crescent City Classic is her ultimate goal.
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Dawn Mancuso-43
Dawn comes into this contest with some very
unique challenges. In addition to a family history of
hypertension and heart disease, she makes her living as
a school fundraiser helping kids sell chocolate bars. Her
youngest child asked her to go for a bike ride recently.
When she said she didn’t feel up to it, her child said, “It’s
okay mom, you must be getting old.” Dawn shared this
story with the entry panel and stated, “It wasn’t that I
am getting old, it’s my weight.”
Donna Paramore-37
Outgoing, vivacious and fun, they all describe a woman
who has already lost more than 100 pounds, but wants
this contest to help her continue her success. Donna
works with the Girl Scouts and wants to be a positive
role model for them in every way. Her goal is one day to
shop for clothes in the regular section, not in the plus
Marcella Reed-32
Marcella ended her written application by stating she
was willing to learn and conquer. She was thrilled to
find out Julie Fortenberry is the nutritionist for Mackie
Shilstone and believes that is the kind of motivational
person she needs to help her finally take control of her
eating habits.
Rachel Saune-38
Rachel described herself at the beginning of this
challenge as an 18-wheeler looking to become a
Cadillac. Rachel’s own mother only lived into her mid40s, so Rachel wants to get her weight, and health,
under control now. As the mother of two, she realizes
that actions will speak louder than words in trying to
show them not only a healthier way of living, but also
that anyone can overcome anything.
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Follow Their Progress:
WWL-TV, Subway, Superior Honda and East Jefferson General
Hospital have all given generously to this program in hopes of
positively changing these ten lives, while also motivating many
more to take control of their health. You will see the contestants,
along with EJGH’s Julie Fortenberry on WWL-TV from now through
May when the promotion ends. You can follow the progress of
each participant online at The
same methods used to help these contestants can work for you.
If it can work in New Orleans…
By now, every local resident knows where we stand in national
surveys of health, fitness, obesity, hypertension, diabetes and
other health-related issues. One of the goals with this promotion
is to demonstrate that people can enjoy their lives and do so in
a more healthful manner. While success in a program like this
does require sacrifice and dedication, it does not require the total
elimination of enjoyment. At the time this went to press, not only
were the contestants all succeeding, they all were excited to have
more energy and were getting as much, or more, enjoyment from
their lives than they had been when the program started.
Subway Fit Challenge Participants
at the Crescent City Classic:
During the personal interview segments, many of the potential
contestants made direct references to the sense of accomplishment
they would feel to finish the Crescent City Classic. As most locals
know, the Crescent City Classic is a 10K race (6.2 miles), Easter
weekend tradition. The race starts at Jackson Square then winds
around the French Quarter, up Esplanade Avenue, through City
Park before ending at Tad Gormley Stadium for a post-race festival
and party. It is one of America’s fastest, and largest road races,
drawing up to 20,000 participants annually.
What many contestants did not realize is that East Jefferson
General Hospital and Subway are both sponsors of the Classic.
Once it was brought to the attention of the Crescent City Fitness
Foundation, it was agreed that entries would be provided for
those contestants interested in running or walking the Classic
on April 11. The Classic is famous for drawing both the world’s
fastest and most serious runners along with some of the most
colorful participants in the nation. Kids, Marines, people wearing
costumes and tuxedos, moms and grandmothers; they all come
together to make up a true Crescent City tradition. This year, some
of those crossing the finish line under the shade of the City Park
oak trees will be participants in the Subway Get Fit Challenge.
Come join them:
If you would like to join them, along with about 20,000 of your new
best friends, go to and click on the link to the Classic.
Registration includes your race number, commemorative T-shirt, entry
into the pre-race expo on April 9 and10, along with all the food, music and
beverages you want at the post-race festival.
Visit us online at
• Learn more about the progress of the contestants and
health tips from Julie Fortenberry, by clicking on the
Subway Get Fit link.
• Register for the race on April 11th by clicking on
the Crescent City Classic link.
healthy comfort foods
Healthy Comfort
Warms Heart & Soul During Winter Months
By Constance Snow
We generally think of comfort food as being
healthy for our souls, but not so healthy for our
bodies. That doesn’t have to be the case. Here
are three comfort food recipes adapted to be
both healthy for heart and soul.
Shrimp & okra gumbo Serves 8
So many of the great slow-pot foods
of the South are easy to modify
for a lowfat diet—like this gumbo,
thickened with okra and tomatoes
instead of an oily roux. Leftovers
freeze well.
• 2 pounds medium headless shrimp,
• 1 small yellow onion, unpeeled and
• 6 cups water
• 2 tablespoons olive or canola oil
• 1 large yellow onion, finely chopped
• 2 celery ribs, finely chopped
• 1 medium bell pepper, seeded and
finely chopped
• 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
• 2 bay leaves
• ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
• ½ teaspoon dried oregano leaves
• 1 pound okra (fresh or frozen), sliced
• One 14½-ounce can no-salt-added
diced tomatoes
• Cayenne and black pepper
• 4 cups steamed long-grain brown
rice, no salt added
Peel, devein, and refrigerate the
shrimp. Rinse the shells; drain well;
place them in a large saucepan with
the quartered onion and the water.
Bring to a boil; lower the heat and
simmer for 1 hour. Strain; discard the
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Heat a large nonstick skillet on
medium high; swirl the oil around
the bottom of the hot pan. Add the
chopped onion, celery, and bell
pepper; cook, stirring often, until
tender and browned, 10 minutes. Add
the garlic, bay leaves, thyme, oregano,
and okra; stir until the okra browns
around the edges and loses some of
its viscous texture, 10 to 15 minutes.
Scrape shrimp stock and tomatoes.
Bring to a boil, continue boiling for
10 minutes. Reduce the heat, cover;
simmer for 45 minutes, until the okra
is very tender and the gumbo is thick.
Add the shrimp; simmer until pink, 3 to
5 minutes. Season well with cayenne
and black pepper. Discard the bay
leaves. Serve the gumbo over steamed
brown rice in wide bowls.
serving: 264 calories, 22.4g
protein, 32.1g carbohydrate, 4.9g
dietary fiber, 5.4g total fat (0.9g
saturated fat), 166mg cholesterol,
219mg sodium
Carbohydrate choices: 2.1
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Heart-healthy hoppin’ john
Serves 6 (as a main course)
Blackeyed peas aren’t just lucky on
New Year’s Day. When you leave out
the ham hocks, and switch to brown
rice, this high-fiber soul food is also
good for your heart. For extra flavor
and color, garnish with minced red
onion and diced fresh tomato.
• 1 tablespoon olive or canola oil
• 1 small yellow onion, very finely
• 1 celery rib, very finely chopped
• 2 garlic cloves, very finely chopped
• 1 cup raw brown rice, preferably
brown basmati rice
• 1 pound frozen blackeyed peas
• 2 ¾ cups water
• 1 bay leaf
• Freshly ground black pepper
• Hot pepper vinegar, Tabasco, or
another hot sauce
Heat a large saucepan on mediumhigh; swirl the oil around the bottom
of the hot pan. Add the onion and
celery; cook until lightly browned.
Add the garlic and rice; stir to coat
Add the blackeyed peas, water, and
bay leaf. Bring to a boil; reduce the
heat to medium-low and cover the
pot. Simmer until the rice and peas
are tender, and most of the liquid is
absorbed, about 45 minutes. Season
well with black pepper. Discard the
bay leaf. Place the hot sauce on the
Per serving: 247 calories, 9.5g protein,
44.5g carbohydrate, 5.2g dietary
fiber, 3.7g total fat (0.6g saturated fat),
0mg cholesterol, 16mg sodium
Carbohydrate choices: 3
Cut the salt with a tasty stock
DON’T THROW AWAY FREE FLAVOR from bones, seafood shells, and vegetable trimmings. Simple homemade stock adds depth of flavor
to soups and stews that might otherwise taste flat as you begin adjusting to a low-sodium diet.
JUST SIMMER shrimp shells, or the papery white inner shells from crabs, with a quartered onion. No hard and fast rules—throw in leaves and other
trimmings from celery, garlic, herbs, and vegetables. For chicken or beef stock, scrape all fat from the bones and increase the cooking time to 3 or 4 hours.
CANNED BROTHS and bouillon cubes are usually loaded with a shocking amount of salt. Even those labeled “reduced-sodium” are still too high.
For convenience, and much better quality, freeze your own stock in zipper bags or ice cube trays.
Wholegrain mac-and-cheese
custard Serves 6 (as a side dish)
A mainstay of family reunions and
Sunday dinner at Mom’s, macaroni
baked in a mellow custard studded
with cheese is the very definition
of comfort food. Here it’s lower in
fat and sodium, but still warm and
• 1 cup dry wholegrain elbow
• Nonstick spray to coat baking dish
• 4 ounces 2% low-fat sharp
cheddar cheese, cut in small
• 2 large eggs
• 2 large egg whites
• One 12-ounce can evaporated
skimmed milk, undiluted
• Pinch grated nutmeg
• Freshly ground white or black
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Cook the
macaroni in a large pot of boiling
water until barely tender, 4 to 5
minutes; drain well.
Transfer to a 1-quart casserole
coated with nonstick spray. Add the
cheese, distributing cubes evenly
around the macaroni.
Whisk the eggs, egg whites, milk,
and nutmeg. Season with pepper.
Pour over the macaroni and cheese.
Bake for 40 to 50 minutes, until a
knife inserted at the center comes
out clean.
Per serving: 167 calories, 14.7g
protein, 20.1g carbohydrate, 1.5g
dietary fiber, 3.4g total fat (1.5g
saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol,
224mg sodium
Carbohydrate choices: 1.3
cancer treatment
Treating Cancer Like Never Before
with the speed, accuracy and power of Novalis Tx™
Paul Monsour, MD
by Keith Darcey
Elizabeth Nastasi, RTT
“Bringing the Novalis system alongside our other cutting-edge technologies such as the Trilogy, daVinci Surgical System and 3-T MRI
shows East Jefferson’s drive and commitment to bring the best available technologies to our community. We are not content with
being an average hospital. I am proud to say that EJGH is as good or better than any treatment center in the country.”
Paul Monsour, MD
EJGH Radiation Oncologist and credentialed member of the M. D. Anderson Physicians Network
East Jefferson General Hospital
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Battling cancer means you are in the fight of, and for, your life. Winning that battle
and transitioning from cancer fighter to cancer survivor can require elite medical
professionals using state-of-the-art technology.
That’s exactly what cancer patients can expect at
East Jefferson General Hospital.
East Jefferson recently unveiled the latest tool in its
cancer-fighting arsenal – the Novalis Tx. As one of only
five hospitals in the U.S. to pair the Novalis Tx with the
advanced Trilogy Stereotactic System, cancer in any part
of the body, particularly in the most delicate and sensitive
areas of the head and spine, can be treated at EJGH.
What is the Novalis Tx?
The Novalis Tx is one the newest technologies available
today. It is the vehicle through which radiation oncologists
use radiosurgery to treat cancer, focusing primarily in
the head and spine. A common misconception is that
radiosurgery requires an incision. The reality is that
radiosurgery uses a targeted, external radiation beam
designed to shrink a tumor, or interfere with its ability to
grow. The process is painless, noninvasive and has few
side effects.
Conventional radiation therapy requires multiple doses at
lower levels, because while attacking cancerous growths,
it also can destroy normal, healthy tissue. Radiosurgery,
however, can be delivered in a single dose because of its
focus directly on the tumor, while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue, allowing for a significantly higher dose
of radiation.
While other older technologies like CyberKnife
operate in a similar manner, the Novalis system’s
accuracy and power allows for a shorter treatment
time and a more patient-friendly process.
The targeted beam of radiation is shaped identically to
match the patient’s tumor, ensuring the least amount of
healthy tissues will be damaged. It also has the ability to
rotate its guided treatment beam 360-degrees around the
patient. Since the entire process is done on an outpatient
basis and is frameless, the patient is able to resume their
normal day as soon as they walk out of the door.
“The Novalis gives us the speed, accuracy and power
to effectively treat cancer like never before,” says Dr.
Monsour. “In addition to having tremendous clinical
benefits in treating tumors, it has the added component
of making it the most patient-friendly system available. A
single treatment on other systems may take four hours,
whereas the Novalis can do it in about 30 minutes, with
the same or better results.”
Patients Benefit
Cancer patient Judy Bethea was one
of the first patients at East Jefferson
to be treated with the Novalis
system. She has stage IV colon
cancer and recently was found
to have metastatic disease in her
spine, meaning the cancer spread
from the colon to her spine. She
consulted with neurosurgeon Dr.
Richard Corales. Dr. Corales is one
of the physicians at East Jefferson
General hospital that helped bring
the Novalis Tx to the hospital. This
was not a case for surgery. He knew
that Novalis would be the needed
treatment for Judy.
A targeted beam of radiation, shaped
identically to match the patient’s
tumor, ensures the least amount of
healthy tissue will be damaged.
The problem is that Judy had previously received
radiation to the tumor that surrounded the spine. The
tumor in the spine, because of the previous radiation, was
severely limited in its ability to take more radiation. That’s
where the Novalis Tx is most helpful. It allows precision
radiation to the area needed, with hardly any radiation to
other areas.
Treatment on Novalis
The Thursday before Thanksgiving was a normal day for
Judy, with one exception. She was about to have radiosurgery on her spine. She had been to an appointment
the day before to create an individualized, inflatable
body cast to lie in for treatment and a consultation on the
surgical process.
Judy arrived for her 1:30 p.m. appointment. Her expectation was that her entire afternoon would be consumed
with CAT scans, meeting with the medical team, prepping
for treatment and then having the treatment that may
last about an hour. Much to her surprise, Judy and her
husband walked out of East Jefferson at 2:45 p.m., having
completed the entire process.
“The entire experience on Novalis was fabulous,” says
Judy. “I was told that on similar technologies, the treatment itself would take about four hours, but my actual
treatment time was only 15 minutes. It was incredible.
I really cannot recommend this more highly.”
Judy and her physicians are optimistic about her longterm prognosis, but say she is realistic that the cancer
could show up again. Without hesitation, she said if it does
return, she’s counting on the Novalis system to battle it.
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the foundation
Less Invasive Diagnostic Tool
for the Detection of Lung Cancer
Provided by EJGH Foundation
By Cyd Casados
“Once again, this shows how EJGH is constantly staying ahead with evolving technology,
in order to provide our patients with the most advanced care possible. Because of the
generosity of our donors, the Foundation is able to help advance this goal,” said Vega.
East Jefferson General Hospital
the foundation continued
Ronald J. Vega
chairman of the The Foundation
Bronchoscopy allows physicians to examine the airways of the lungs through a thin,
lighted tube called a bronchoscope. With this procedure, a physician can take a tissue
sample, commonly called a biopsy, to diagnose lung cancer or other lung diseases. Often,
the area of concern is in the outer parts of the lungs where a traditional bronchoscopy
cannot accurately reach.
Now, with the SuperDimension inReach™ electromagnetic navigational bronschoscopy
system, physicians can access these areas with more accuracy and in a less invasive
manner than previously possible, leading to shorter recovery times and less trauma to
the patient. “This is the most exciting technology I’ve seen to come along in bronchoscopy
in thirty years,” said Kenneth B. Smith, M.D., a pulmonologist at East Jefferson General
Hospital and the only doctor in the New Orleans area currently using the inReach system.
The purchase of this system was made possible by The Foundation, a nonprofit, which
often assists the hospital in acquiring cutting-edge technologies. “Had it not been for The
Foundation’s gracious funding arm, we could not have purchased this technology,” said
a grateful Dr. Smith.
Ronald J. Vega, Chairman of The Foundation of EJGH, said, “On behalf of The Foundation,
I can say that we were proud to be able to provide the funds for the purchase of the
electromagnetic bronchoscopy navigation system. The purpose of The Foundation is to
generate philanthropic support for EJGH. Through this support, The Foundation can help
provide EJGH with the latest and best equipment that is available. This system is just one
The system uses electromagnetic localization to guide the physician as they navigate
through the patient’s bronchial tubes to the targeted abnormality. “It’s used almost like
a GPS system to find lesions that would normally be beyond the view of a bronchoscope,”
said Pam Jamison, a registered respiratory therapist at EJGH for the past nineteen years
and Dr. Smith’s assistant during the procedures.
One of the main benefits of using the system is the ability to collect a better and
therefore more accurate tissue sample for the pathologist to examine, which leads to a
more accurate diagnosis. “Based on the research at other facilities this system leads to
fifty percent more accurate diagnoses in lung cancer,” said Jamison. With this improved
accuracy, a definitive diagnosis is reached more quickly. Detecting cancer at an earlier
stage can significantly increase the chances for a positive outcome for the patient.
Previously, a physician would have to use a more invasive procedure such as a needle
biopsy through the wall of the chest, or even surgery, to take a tissue sample. “From
a safety standpoint the electromagnetic navigational bronchoscopy is a much safer
procedure than having to go through the chest wall with a needle. There is a much greater
potential for the lung to collapse with a needle biopsy than with a biopsy obtained
through a bronchoscope,” said Ken Duet, MA, RRT, Director of Pulmonary Services at EJGH.
“Once again, this shows how EJGH is constantly staying ahead with evolving technology,
in order to provide our patients with the most advanced care possible. Because of the
generosity of our donors, The Foundation is able to help advance this goal,” said Vega.
The navigational system can also be used for taking biopsies of mediastinal lymph nodes,
which run along the outside of the windpipe and bronchial tubes, and are often the first
place to which cancer spreads. “It was so wonderful that this technology coincided with
the hospital’s affiliation with M. D. Anderson Physicians Network, giving the oncologists
another tool in their diagnostic arsenal,” said Duet.
To donate to The Foundation of EJGH
and support new technologies such as
this at your community hospital, go to, or use the detachable form
below. You can also call 504.780.5800. Your
gift has a clear and direct impact on the life,
health and well-being of your community.
Please return to:
The Foundation, 4200 Houma Boulevard, Metairie, LA 70006
Street Address:
City, State, Zip:
Email Address:
I would like to help my community through my donation
of $_____ to The Foundation of EJGH
volunteer says ‘si’
Volunteer Says ‘Si’ to Helping EJGH
By Cyd Casados
About a year ago, Joseph “Fritz” Heintz decided to
volunteer at East Jefferson General Hospital at the urging
of a close friend. “A good friend of mine who is very
involved at East Jefferson told me they needed volunteers
for the gift shop,” said Heintz. But when Heintz arrived
at the volunteer orientation it was discovered he had
past experience that fit a much-needed position at the
hospital—Spanish teacher.
Joseph “Fritz” Heintz
volunteer at EJGH
A retired professor, Heintz developed and teaches three
classes—Basic Spanish, Intermediate Medical Spanish,
and Intermediate Non-Medical Spanish. When he started
at EJGH it had been quite a few years since Heintz had
taught Spanish and he feels his students are teaching him
too. “We’re all learning together,” says Heintz. Some of
his students have been with him the since he started
teaching the courses and have moved up from basic to an
intermediate level of Spanish.
With the large influx of Spanish-speaking people in the
community following Hurricane Katrina, the hospital has been adapting to the growing
need for Spanish-speaking personnel, both medical and non-medical. Nina Victory,
Director of Community Services at EJGH, spoke of the need for the staff to learn Spanish.
“A lot of our patients are now Spanish-speaking. The classes have provided a wonderful
opportunity for both our staff and volunteers to better understand their needs. His
teaching has benefited the hospital tremendously.”
During a class exercise, Heintz tells a group of his intermediate students, “The language
has to become a part of you.” Heintz has had a long career as a language teacher in both
French and Spanish at all levels, from grammar school to college. His students bring back
stories of using the Spanish they are learning in their jobs in areas as varied as nursing to
human resources to radiology.
Heintz feels it is important to find something you enjoy doing in retirement. “When you
reach a certain age you need to find a purpose. Teaching this class gives me that sense
of purpose.”
If you are interested in becoming an EJGH volunteer,
please call Volunteer Services at 504-454-5548.
Sunshine Boutique is
Sunny Spot for Auxiliary
Since its inception, the East Jefferson General Hospital
Auxiliary has initiated ways to raise funds to assist the
hospital anywhere it is needed. The gift shop, The Sunshine
Boutique, was established to fill a need at the hospital and
has proven to be a great asset for over 30 years. The Auxiliary
has managed and maintained the shop on the first floor
of the hospital, which continues to grow, and each time to
larger quarters.
For the first 25 years the gift shop was managed and staffed
entirely by volunteers of the Auxiliary. At the time, the flower
shop, known as “The Posey Patch,” was run with volunteer
labor. One volunteer, who served in the shop until her death
at 90-years-old, had logged over 70,000 hours of service. At
that time all monies made were pure profit.
As the boutique increased in size, it was necessary to hire
personnel to work with the Auxiliary volunteers. The shop
is progressing and doing very well. Through the years the
Auxiliary, with money earned in The Sunshine Boutique,
has donated almost $1 million to the hospital. The Auxiliary
helped to furnish one of the first Emergency Trauma Rooms,
East Jefferson General Hospital
a room in the Neonatal Unit, and also provided furnishings
for the Breast Care Center. They have purchased x-ray
equipment, bone-scan equipment and one of their biggest
successes, providing annual nursing scholarships to qualified
Filling a great need in the hospital, the shop carries not only
gift items but also serves the doctors, nurses and hospital
staff as a shopping convenience. There is a full floral shop,
which makes and delivers arrangements within the hospital
and carries a wide variety of plants. Balloons are a popular
item for new baby arrivals, birthday and all special occasions.
Seasonal gifts, such as those for New Year’s, Mardi Gras,
Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, as well as
Saints and LSU items, are just a few of the specialty items of
the shop.
Membership in the Auxiliary is open to anyone in the
metropolitan New Orleans area and entitles members to a
10% discount at The Sunshine Boutique. Join today to help
support your community hospital.
By Marguerite Ricks,
President of the EJGH Auxiliary
EJGH Auxiliary Membership Application
Membership Type:
__ Active Member ($20 annually)
__ Life Member ($100 contributed within
a 12-month period)
Make check payable to
East Jefferson General Hospital Auxiliary
Mail to: Phyllis Stacy, Membership Chair,
4505 Elmwood Parkway, Metairie, LA 70003
Committees/activities I am interested in:
__ Gift Shop
__ Care-Ring Program
__ Great Lady/Great Gentleman Committee
You Want
The Fitness Principle at East Jefferson
General Hospital with Mackie Shilstone
is dedicated to only one thing, helping
you get the most out of you.
It begins with a comprehensive
assessment of your current condition.
Then, a program is designed to
specifically address your needs, goals
and abilities. Personalized coaching will
address your nutritional, motivational
and exercise needs. You WILL have more
energy, sleep better and gain more
satisfaction than you thought fitness
could afford. The final factor is you.
Programs include:
• Comprehensive Weight Loss • Bridal Boot Camp
• Lean & Hard • Women’s boxing • In-Home Training
• Sports performance programs for tennis,
golf, football, soccer and more
Are You Ready for Success?
504-457-3100 or
go to
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Hot Flashes, High Heels, and Your
Heart: Girls’ Night Out
Come enjoy an evening of fun and facts with
Dr. Katherine M. Swing, OB/GYN, Dr. Roger H.
Ogden, orthopedic surgeon specializing in
foot and ankle problems, and cardiologist Dr.
David W. Snyder. In addition to information
about menopause, the dangers of high
heels, and women’s heart disease, they’ll
be wine tasting, snacks, and giveaways. But
that’s not all. Health screenings will include
blood pressure, bone density, sleep apnea,
pulmonary, body mass index, skin scan, and
breast cancer risk. Feb 12, 7 – 9 p.m. $10
(proceeds benefit EJGH’s charity of choice for
2009). Call 456-5000 to register.
Prenatal I, II, & III
Expectant parents learn about delivery and
anesthesia options, baby care, and home and
auto safety in these three-week courses. Free.
Please call 456-5000 for dates, times, and to
Expectant mothers learn to make an informed
decision about breastfeeding. Free. Please call
456-5000 for dates, times, and to register.
La Leche League
La Leche League holds monthly educational
meetings providing breastfeeding education,
information and mother-to-mother support.
Free. Third Tuesday of every month, 11
a.m. – Noon. Please call 441-5554 for more
information and class locations.
Becoming a Woman
Blood Pressure Screening
Lakeside Mall: 4th Wed of each month, 7:30 –
10:30 a.m.
EJGH Canal Garage Groundlink: Tues and
Thurs, 10 a.m. – Noon
Wellness Center: 1st and 3rd Tues of each
month, 8 –11 a.m.
Clearview Mall: 2nd and 4th Tues of each
month, 8 –11 a.m.
Free, call 454-4066 for more information.
Elder Advantage Blood Screening
ELDER ADVANTAGE MEMBERS ONLY. Twelvehour fast required for all blood work, except
PSA. Medications may be taken with a sip
of water. Results will be mailed. Blood tests
include cholesterol, CBC, thyroid, blood sugar,
CRP, PSA or metabolic panel. Cost is $10 to
$30, depending on panel chosen. Jan 29, 7:30
– 10:30 a.m. Call 456-5000 to register.
Community Cholesterol Screening
Know your risk factors for heart disease.
Screen provides total cholesterol, HDL, LDL,
TC/HDL ratio, triglycerides, and glucose.
$30 (Wellness Center members), $40
(nonmembers). Call 456-5000 to schedule an
This course, for expectant mothers and their
companions, is designed to help parents have
a positive birth experience. $100 per couple.
Please call 456-5000 for dates, times, and to
East Jefferson General Hospital
Girls aged 9 to 12, with their mother or a
guardian, learn about the changes that come
with adolescence. Mar 18, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. $20.
Please call 456-5000 to register.
Sibling Preparation
Becoming a big brother or sister is an
exciting event. This sibling preparation class
is designed for children ages 3-10 and their
parents. Class activities include how to hold a
baby properly, diapering, drawing, doll play,
videos and stories. Free. Feb 7 & Mar 14, 9 –10
a.m. or 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Please call 456-5000
to register.
Core Stability Functional Training
Exercise training for people with osteoporosis,
back problems and a low level of balance.
Mondays and/or Wednesdays, 1:30 – 2:15
p.m., call 456-5000 for fees and to register. A
physician’s release is required.
Fibromyalgia Aquatic Program
Slow, controlled movements along with
gentle stretches for the tender points,
designed to improve muscle tone, endurance,
and flexibility. Mondays and/or Wednesdays,
11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. or 5:30 – 6:15 p.m. Call
456-5000 for fees and to register. A physician’s
release is required.
Multiple Sclerosis Aquatic Program
This program is conducted in a temperaturecontrolled pool to help promote flexibility,
strength and endurance, as well as to prevent
fatigue. Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 1 - 1:45
p.m. Please call 456-5000 for fees and to
register. A physician’s release is required.
Parkinson’s Program
Addresses the problems associated with
Parkinson’s disease such as shuffled gait,
stooped posture, bradykinesia, as well as
hesitance in movement, muscular rigidity,
and respiratory difficulties. Includes exercises
for strength, flexibility, balance, stability, gait,
and the cardiorespiratory system. Fridays,
1:30 - 2:15 p.m., call 456-5000 for fees and to
register. A physician’s release is required.
Total Joint Replacement Program
Prepares patients for hospitalization for joint
replacement surgery, from preoperative
testing to discharge. This program is for
patients having hip or knee replacement
surgery at EJGH and is provided to them at no
cost. Please call 456-5000 for dates and times.
Joint Wellness Program
Available to individuals who have recently
completed the physical rehabilitation
process following joint replacement surgery
and intended to ensure independence and
proper function of the joint; both aquatic
and land-based group exercise classes are
conducted. Aquatic, Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Land-based, Wednesdays, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Call
456-5000 to register. A physician’s release is
Diabetes Dynamics
This two-class course teaches the basics
of diabetes management, nutrition, foot
care, exercise, goal setting and motivation.
Classes are held in the Wound and Diabetes
Management Center on the 7th floor of
EJ North. Please call 849-8600 for more
information. A physician’s Rx is required.
Successfully Managing Diabetes in
Today’s World
At this comprehensive seminar for people
with diabetes vendors will provide info on
resources available for successful diabetes
management. A cooking demonstration by a
registered dietitian and experts will present
info on gum disease, alcohol and exercise as
related to diabetes. Free. Mar 31, Noon – 4
p.m. Please call 456-5000 to register.
Look Good…Feel Better
EJGH’s Regional Cancer Center, along with
the American Cancer Society, offers this
program for women undergoing radiation
or chemotherapy treatment. Volunteer
cosmetologists will help patients enhance
their appearance. Please provide us with your
skin type (either light, medium or dark). Free.
Jan 26, 6 – 8 p.m. Call 456-5000 to register.
Line Dancing
Boot, scoot and boogie your way to fitness.
Join us for fun and interactive instruction
in the latest dance steps choreographed to
music. Wednesdays, Jan 14 – Mar 11, 7:30 –
8:30 p.m., $40 (Wellness Center members), $80
(nonmembers). To register call 456-5000.
Swing, Salsa, Tango and more
Knock off inches from your waist and hips
while enjoying the rhythms and basic moves
of salsa, meringue, foxtrot, samba, cha cha,
and rumba. Partner not required. Thursdays,
Jan 15 – Mar 12, 7:30 – 8:15 p.m., $40 (Wellness
Center members), $80 (nonmembers), to
register call 456-5000.
Tai Chi I, II, III
Explore a system of movement that combines
gentle exercise and modulation to promote
relaxation, health and vitality, while improving
flexibility, balance, coordination and muscle
strength. Tai Chi I: Mondays, Jan 12 – Mar 9,
7:30 – 8:30 p.m. Tai Chi II: Tuesdays, Jan 13 –
Mar 12, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Tai Chi III, Tuesdays,
Jan 13 – Mar 12, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m. $40 (Wellness
Center members), $80 (nonmembers), to
register call 456-5000.
Massage Therapy
The EJGH Wellness Center offers a variety
of massage therapy services. Massage
therapy benefits include deep relaxation,
stress reduction, relief of muscle tension and
stiffness, and more. Please call 849-6868 for
fees and to schedule an appointment.
AARP Tax Aid Program
A.W.A.K.E. (Alert, Well and Keeping
This group offers information and support for
those dealing with sleep apnea or other sleep
disorders. Call (504) 849-8700 for dates, times
and locations.
Better Breathers Club
This support group is for people with chronic
conditions that affect breathing, such as
asthma and COPD. Call 456-5000 for dates,
times and locations.
Bosom Buddies
Education and support group for women with
a breast cancer diagnosis. Meetings are the
third Wednesday of each month at the Breast
Care Center, 6:30 - 8 p.m. Call 883-8989 for
more information.
Cancer Survivors’ Group
An education and networking series for cancer
patients and their caregivers. Presented
in partnership by EJGH, the Leukemia &
Lymphoma Society, and the American Cancer
Society. Third Wednesday of every other
month (Jan, March, May, July, Sept, Nov),
5 – 6:30 p.m. Call 456-5000 for location and
additional information.
Caregivers’ Group
Support and encouragement for those caring
for a loved one. The group meets at the
Counseling Center, 3601 Houma Boulevard,
Ste. 206, on the third Tuesday of each month
from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. Call 454-4066 or 885-3373
for more information.
E-file returns only at this site, no appointment
necessary. Feb 2 – April 15, Monday thru
Thursday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (no returns started
after 1 pm), EJ North, 1st floor, 4320 Houma
Blvd. Call 454-4066 for information.
Celiac Sprue Association
AARP Driver Safety Program
This group is for families who have
experienced the loss of a child. Meetings
are the second Monday of each month in
the EJGH auditorium. Call 455-2425 for more
Sponsored by Elder Advantage. The AARP
Driver Safety Program is a four-hour course
taught by trained volunteer instructors. $12
(AARP members), $14 (nonmembers). Jan 27,
Feb 17, & Mar 24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., or Jan 13
& April 7, 6 – 10 p.m. To register or for more
information, call Larry Lemoine at 454-4168.
Alzheimer’s Family Support Group
Provides support and education to caregivers,
family and friends of those diagnosed with
Alzheimer’s disease. This group meets on the
second and fourth Tuesday of each month, 4
p.m. at the EJGH Adult Day Care Center, 3929
West Metairie Ave. Call 837-2629 for more
calendar continued
Offers education and support for people with
gluten intolerance. Call 454-4391 for more
Compassionate Friends
Defibrillator Support Group
This support group is for patients with internal
defibrillators. Meetings are bimonthly. Call
456-5000 for dates, times and locations.
Diabetes Support Group
Members share information and support each
other to promote successful management
of diabetes. Meetings are held on the last
Thursday of each month, Noon – 1 p.m. in
EJ North, 7th Floor. Call 849-8600 for more
Grief Support Group
Sponsored by the American Cancer
Society, this program is for those who have
experienced the death of a loved one.
Meetings are held every Wednesday from 6:30
– 8 p.m. in the Yenni Treatment Center. Call
456-5000 for more information.
I Can Cope
Supportive, educational environment offered
for those caring for someone diagnosed with
cancer, or dealing with a diagnosis himself or
herself. Second Tuesday of the month, 6 – 7
p.m. Call 456-5000 for location.
Man-to-Man Prostate Cancer
Support Group
Men living with prostate cancer share their
experiences and provide support for each
other. Meets third Monday of the month from
6 – 7 p.m. Please call 456-5000 for location.
Ostomy Support Group
Education and support for those coping
with the challenges of living with an ostomy.
Meetings are held bimonthly on the second
Tuesday of even months from 7 – 9 p.m. Call
454-4941 for more information.
Parents Helping Parents
Parents of Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
graduates share their experiences and insights
with new NICU parents. Call 780-5812 for more
Pulmonary Hypertension Support
This patient-led group provides support and
information for those living with pulmonary
hypertension. Please call 731-6113 for dates
and times.
Sarcoidosis Support Group
Designed for those living with sarcoidosis, a
chronic condition that often involves the lungs
and causes difficulty breathing. Please call
454-4882 for dates and times.
Self-Help for Hard of Hearing
Provides information and support for the
hearing impaired. Group meets on the third
Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. Call 8344339 for more information.
Stroke Support Group
Offers support to stroke survivors and
their families. Meetings are held on the last
Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Call
456-5000 for more information.
A cancer diagnosis
defines you.
For the rest of your life, you will be known as either a
cancer fighter or cancer survivor. That experience requires
treatment approaches of the same scope. In marrying
leading technologies with the finest physicians, nurses,
protocols and processes they can find, East Jefferson
General Hospital has built a regional cancer center capable
of treating even the most serious, complex cancer cases.
We work with you and your family to ensure that every
detail is secured. There is no room for uncertainty or
negativity. From diagnosis to survivorship and beyond, the
regional cancer center at East Jefferson General Hospital
can provide the tools needed to help when you, or
someone you love, are engaged in the fight of a lifetime.
East Jefferson
General Hospital
Affiliated with
For quality cancer care or a physician referral, call
HealthFinder at 504-456-5000 or visit us online at
Because no one fights cancer alone.
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