Opening on Valentine?s Day, 1971, East Jefferson General Hospital started as a 250-bed facility with almost 250 physicians serving the newly burgeoning suburbs of Jefferson Parish. From the beginning, the hospital was to be a not-for-profit community hospital with a board of directors comprised of representatives from the community?s financial, educational, civic, and business community. Today, EJGH stands as a state-of-the-art hospital with more than 450 beds. Still a community hospital with a board comprised of representatives throughout the community, our patients are served by a staff of more than 3,000 team members and more than 700 physicians.
Honored as a five-star hospital by Healthgrades in the areas of Cardiovascular and Pulmonary Services, EJGH was recognized as Best in Louisiana for Cardiac Surgery, Top 5% in the Nation for Cardiac Surgery, as well as the Top 5 in Louisiana in Pulmonary Services.
EJGH received the Bronze Star Award from the American Heart Association in 2007 for its successful treatment of heart failure patients.
In 2002, EJGH became the first hospital in Louisiana to earn the prestigious Magnet Status for nursing excellence from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. In 2006, EJGH was one of only a handful of hospitals able to raise their standards high enough to earn the distinction of being renewed as a Nurse Magnet Hospital.