East Jefferson General Hospital Announces New Affiliation with M. D. Anderson Physicians Network®

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Affiliation means access to evidence-based treatment protocols, credentialing guidelines and treatment processes developed by The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, the nation’s leader in cancer care. Service area encompasses almost the entire southern half of Louisiana (28 parishes), and the Gulf Coast of Mississippi (11 counties).

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For our region, affiliation means so much in the areas of civic pride, economic impact, business development, population retention and more. Nearly all of us have been touched by cancer. This affiliation will give greater hope than ever before for those who are diagnosed from this point forward.

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Today, East Jefferson General Hospital announces its affiliation with M. D. Anderson Physicians Network. It is perhaps the largest victory in cancer care our region has ever seen. Local cancer patients will now have access to EJGH physicians who are credentialed through M. D. Anderson Physicians Network and will follow disease management guidelines for treating cancer, developed by The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, the nation’s leader in cancer care.

“Achieving affiliate status with M. D. Anderson Physicians Network represents a great deal to our hospital and our region,” says Dr. Mark J. Peters, East Jefferson General Hospital President and CEO. “For EJGH, it is an endorsement of the excellence we have already demonstrated and it sets the standard even higher as we move forward.”

Dr. Peters went on to say, “For our region, affiliation means so much in the areas of civic pride, economic impact, business development, population retention and more. Nearly all of us have been touched by cancer. This affiliation will give greater hope than ever before for those who are diagnosed from this point forward.”

As one of only eight facilities to currently hold affiliate status, EJGH is now able to combine what it does best locally with the expertise of M. D. Anderson. Together, EJGH and Physicians Network will monitor adherence to clinical practice guidelines for the purpose of maintaining “best practices” in treating local cancer patients.

“M. D. Anderson Physicians Network is very pleased to affiliate with East Jefferson General Hospital in a program to offer comprehensive and integrated cancer care in the New Orleans area. East Jefferson General Hospital and its medical staff are committed to providing excellence in the care of cancer patients and we are excited by the opportunity to assist them in these efforts in a major metropolitan center,” says David G. Tubergen, MD, and Medical Director of M. D. Anderson Physicians Network.

East Jefferson currently has 29 physicians identified for their excellence who are either credentialed or undergoing the credentialing process by M. D. Anderson Physicians Network. While many physicians may play a role in the treatment of a cancer patient, only those with the responsibility of “managing” the wider direction of their care are considered eligible to be credentialed participants in this program. It also affords them access to M. D. Anderson expertise via regularly scheduled video-conferencing with colleagues in Houston.

Areas EJGH Will Serve

With our new affiliation with M. D. Anderson Physicians Network, East Jefferson General Hospital truly stands as a regional cancer center. Our service area encompasses almost the entire southern half of Louisiana (28 parishes), and the Gulf Coast of Mississippi (11 counties).

The Louisiana parishes represented in this service area include Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard, Plaquemines, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Washington, St. Charles, Lafourche, Terrebonne, St. Mary, St. Martin, Assumption, St. James, St. John the Baptist, Ascension, Livingston, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge, Iberville, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, St. Helena, Point Coupee, Lafayette, Iberia, Vermilion and St. Landry. The Mississippi counties included in our service area are Hancock, Harrison, Jackson, Pearl River, Stone, Forrest, Lamar, Marion, Walthall, Pike and Amite.

About East Jefferson General Hospital:
East Jefferson General Hospital, Louisiana’s first Nurse Magnet hospital, is a publicly owned, not-for-profit, community hospital providing high quality care to the residents of the East Bank of Jefferson Parish and surrounding communities. East Jefferson General Hospital opened in 1971.

For more information on East Jefferson General Hospital and the affiliation with M. D. Anderson Physicians Network, visit http://www.ejgh.org/cancercare.

Contact:
Keith Darcey
Public and Media Relations
East Jefferson General Hospital
504-889-7110 – Office
504-339-4279 - Cell
kdarcey @ ejgh.org
http://www.ejgh.org

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