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East Jefferson General Hospital
A LETTER FROM OUR
East Jefferson General Hospital
For years, East Jefferson General Hospital has worked tirelessly to deliver on the promise to bring Board of directors
the best available healthcare to our community. We have built a solid and respected reputation W. Henry Shane, Jr., Chairman
in the medical community as a center of excellence in many specialties, and have become one of Howard Brenner, M.D.
the most technologically advanced facilities in the nation. Gustavo Colon, M.D.
James M. Hudson
Year after year, the forward thinking initiatives of the hospital board and leadership team became Newell Normand
the foundation of success we enjoy today. As proud as we are of our history of accomplishments, Emmitt Richardson, Sr.
I can assure this community that we are more excited about 2008 than any year in recent memory. Gregory G. Rittiner
This promises to be a landmark year for this institution, and we hope to leave no doubt that EJGH Ashton J. Ryan, Jr.
can compare favorably to the best healthcare facilities in the United States. David Silvers, M.D.
Tiffany Scot Wilken
The first major announcement of the year is introducing The Fitness Principle with Mackie
Shilstone at East Jefferson General Hospital. Mackie brings over three decades of expert fitness President and
experience to East Jefferson and is one of the nation’s leaders in this area. He has trained thousands chief executive officer
of professional, world-class athletes and everyday people through his clinically proven programs. Mark J. Peters, M.D., CPE
He offers sound, research-based fitness advice that maximizes health and performance. With a
full list of individualized programs, there is something for anyone wanting to positively change vice President,
their life. Marketing & coMMunications
The Fitness Principle has now launched its
programs with a new, stand-alone facility Managing editor/Writer
located at 3601 Houma Boulevard. It John Sartori
contains the latest fitness equipment
and is built to accommodate people
of any fitness level. What makes this Writers
announcement even more exciting is that Cyd Casados
The Fitness Principle becomes the perfect Keith Darcey
complement to our Wellness Center, and
it furthers our mission to use preventive graPhic design
care as a way to avoid the possible need Julie Chappuis
for acute care. Kristin Steimle
This program is more than a step forward
for our hospital. It is a major improvement
targeted at wellness for you and your
family. In most years, this announcement
alone would be enough to make it a great
year. Not this year, however. It is only PhotograPhY
March, and this is only the start. I assure Glade Bilby II
you, the story of healthcare for our region
will be written right here at East Jefferson. Healthy Lifestyles Magazine is a quarterly magazine published
In the next few months, I look forward to highlight the adjuvant organizations of East Jefferson General
Hospital. Its purpose is to inform community members about
to sharing with you exciting news in the organizational and hospital news and events.
areas of cancer and heart care.
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 employ-
Mark J. Peters, M.D., CPE ment. In accordance with the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and its
President and C.E.O. 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 fac-
tor necessary to the normal operation or the achievement of any
Mark J. Peters, M.D., CPE, President and C.E.O. with
Mackie Shilstone Director of The Fitness Principle.
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It’s Not Just A hat Rack
It’s Not Just a by: Cyd Casados
Like the rest of our bodies, our brains age as we do, and many of us feel we aren’t
quite as sharp as we used to be. But there are steps you can take to slow down
cognitive decline and keep your brain healthy (and heart, too).
Work Out Your Brain…
Just like we work out our bodies, we should also work the most important thing you can do for your brain is to be
out our brains. Our brains continue to grow as we learn mentally challenged,” says EJGH neurologist Patricia Cook,
and challenge ourselves. When our brains are active new MD, FAAN.
connections between nerve cells are formed, allowing cells to
communicate with each other and making it easier to retrieve There are lots of ways to stay mentally active. Working
information. Terence C. D’Souza, MD, FAAN and East Jefferson crossword or other puzzles is one way, but changing your
General Hospital neurologist says, “Our brain continues to lay routine in any number of ways is beneficial to good brain
down new cells. It doesn’t stop even in old age if we continue health. According to Dr. Cook, “When we repeat the same
to keep our mind and bodies active.” activities every day, to the point they become almost
automatic, brain activity decreases. Making small changes,
In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, even something like taking a new route to work, activates
people 75 years or older who participated in mentally new parts of your brain.” So read, start a new hobby, learn
challenging leisure activities (i.e. crossword puzzles, reading, how to play a musical instrument, enroll in a course at your
playing a musical instrument or board games) were at lower community college, attend a play or lecture—your brain will
risk of developing dementia. “Aside from diet and exercise thank you.
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It’s Not Just A hat Rack continued
…And Your Body brain. Try a long walk with a friend in a new neighborhood
for maximum brain boosting power. The physical and social
Working out our bodies is essential to maintaining proper benefits are augmented by the addition of planning a new
blood flow, and therefore, oxygen to our brains, as well as route and the new sights you’ll experience.
encouraging the growth of brain cells. Physical exercise also
reduces the risk of heart attack, stroke and diabetes, further
reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s and dementia. Dr. Cook
Fish Really Is ‘Brain Food’
says, “We shouldn’t think of brain health as separate from A great deal of research exists on the connection between
cardiovascular health. Changes in the heart are going on a healthy diet and a healthy brain. Diets high in fruit,
alongside of changes in the brain. Exercise and a good diet vegetables, cereals and fish, and low in saturated fat, help
benefit both.” protect against cognitive decline and dementia later in life.
Exercise improves both concentration and attention. It also Stop for sushi. Omega-3 fatty acids, particularly
promotes neurogenesis, or the production of new neurons. docosahexaenoic acid, or DHA, is important for optimal
Neuroscientists at Columbia University conducted a study brain function. Some of the best places to get DHA and other
of men and women, 21 to 45, who worked out for one hour, omega-3 fatty acids is from fish such as salmon. These fatty
four times a week. Not only did the participants become more acids, especially DHA, make cell membranes more fluid,
physically fit, they found blood flowed at a much higher rate aiding communication between the brain cells. Our brains
to the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for are actually 60 percent fat, and a high percentage of the
neurogenesis. The hippocampus plays a large part in learning gray matter of the brain consists of DHA. For other sources
new facts and forming new memories. Our brains get smaller of omega-3s see “The ABCs of Omega-3s” accompanied by
as we get older, and the hippocampus is one of the areas a recipe for a salmon salad that
most prone to shrinkage, starting as early as our 30s. is high in both omega-3s and
The benefits of working out are not limited to adults.
University of Illinois scientists have found school-age children Eat your fruits and veggies. Many
with a higher level of aerobic fitness process information of the foods that appear to reduce
more efficiently and score better on standardized test the risk of heart disease, stroke,
scores. And you don’t have to run a marathon for your brain and cancer, also seem to protect
to benefit. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention your brain from aging. Dark-
suggests moderate exercise, 30 minutes a day, on most days skinned fruits and vegetables
of the week can provide many of the same health benefits as are some of these foods. This
more vigorous exercise. is because they contain high
levels of antioxidants. When our
cells use oxygen they naturally
Just Add Others produce free radicals, which can
cause damage to our brains.
People with strong relationships have less mental decline and Antioxidants slow, prevent, and
better overall health as they age. “Socialization is extremely repair the damage done by these free radicals. Other good
important. And it’s good to vary your age group; hang out sources of antioxidants include nuts (almonds, pecans,
with younger people. You need to look outside of yourself,” and walnuts) and green tea, as well as red wine and dark
says Dr. Cook. chocolate—enjoyed in moderation, of course.
Dr. D’Souza also emphasizes the importance of socialization. Limit alcohol consumption. Heavy alcohol consumption
“A recent study in England found that nursing home residents has long been proven to cause harmful effects on the brain.
that interacted with children, versus those who had no However, the National Institute of Health cites a number of
interaction outside the nursing home, were less likely to studies that suggest moderate alcohol consumption may
develop cognitive problems.” actually help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and
cognitive decline. There is some controversy though as many
And studies show that activities that combine mental, of the studies define “moderate” differently. The United
physical, and social aspects are the most beneficial to the States Department of Agriculture, or USDA, defines moderate
It’s Not Just A hat Rack continued
alcohol consumption as no more than one drink per day for
women and no more than one or two drinks per day for men.
Count Your Zs
That’s a 4 oz. glass of wine, a 12 oz. glass of beer, or a one- A lack of sleep affects your planning, problem-solving,
ounce shot of distilled liquor. learning, concentration, working memory and alertness.
Multiple studies have shown after as little as twenty hours
Eat breakfast. Not only will it help you from bingeing later, of being awake, your ability to function is equivalent to
often on less than healthy fare, it will help give your brain the someone who is legally drunk. Even a few nights in a row
fuel it needs to get your day started. This doesn’t mean reach of missing a couple hours sleep will negatively affect your
for a donut. Whole grain toast and an egg-white omelet is a cognitive abilities. Luckily, the damage is reversible once you
much better option, combining carbohydrates and protein. get proper rest.
And eggs are rich in choline, which your body uses to produce
the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. Yogurt is another good Sleep is not only crucial to brain development, but is also
breakfast choice as it contains the amino acid tyrosine, when your brain processes new memories into more
which helps produce the neurotransmitters dopamine and permanent forms. So get a proper night’s rest—at least 7 to
noradrenalin, improving alertness and memory. 8 hours a night—and you’ll not only feel more alert, but also
be more likely to remember the things you learned the day
Maintain a healthy weight. According to EJGH neurologist before.
Archie Melcher, MD, “Probably about 80 percent of those I
see who have strokes, or dementia due to strokes, haven’t
been living a healthy lifestyle.” A long-term study of almost
1,500 people found that those who were obese in middle
age were twice as likely to develop dementia later, and more
than six times as likely if they also had high cholesterol or
high blood pressure. Diets high in fat and cholesterol are
also associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
By maintaining a healthy weight you’ll lower cholesterol,
blood pressure, blood sugar, and improve your overall health.
Take a good multivitamin. In addition to a healthy diet, “Make
sure you take a good multivitamin that contains B vitamins,
vitamin C, and vitamin E for good brain health,” according to
& mango Salad
By Constance Snow
SErvES 2 (AS A MAIN CourSE)
Yes, the fat content is high, but it’s healthy monounsaturated
fat (from avocado) and omega-3 fatty acids (from salmon).
¼ cup fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and coarsely chopped
1 ripe mango, peeled, pitted, and coarsely chopped
6 ounces cooked salmon, no salt added
WHISK the juices to blend. Add the avocado, mango, and
salmon; toss gently to combine.
PEr SErvING: 362 calories, 20.9g protein, 24.1g carbohydrate,
6.5g dietary fiber, 21.5g total fat (3.7g saturated
fat), 54mg cholesterol, 59mg sodium
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It’s Not Just A hat Rack continued
Stop Smoking products of cortisol act as sedatives that can lead to feelings of
depression, potentially leading to severe depression if stress is
By now we all know how bad smoking is for our lungs, but chronic. These hormones when chronically activated are also
smoking also causes memory loss. According to a study of believed to impair memory formation and function.
more than 9,000 Europeans, the rate of brain decline is more
than five times higher in smokers than in people who have “Stress affects the brain a lot more than most people realize.
never smoked. There is also evidence that smoking hinders Depression causes memory loss and has even been linked
brain cell production. Staying sharp is just one more reason to to the earlier onset of Alzheimer’s disease,” says Dr. D’Souza.
stop smoking. “Exercise is a great way not only to ward of excess weight, but
also to stop stress and to alleviate depression. Other stress
management such as meditation and even church activities
can also help to prevent depression.” Make sure to set aside
personal time each day to rest and rejuvenate to help manage
the stress in your life.
Negative thoughts are stressors on the brain and
can lead to depression and anxiety. So think
positive. Dr. Melcher adds, “If you think positively
you are more likely to exercise and eat healthy.
Positive thinking reinforces a healthy lifestyle.”
the brain a lot
more than most
Dr. Terence C. D’Souza
Take a Deep Breath
Although short-term, acute stress is known to actually improve
memory, chronic stress can take its toll on your brain, including
brain changes that may lead to depression. When responding
to a stressful event, the brain releases a flood of stress
hormones, including adrenaline and cortisol. This is fine for
short periods of time. The trouble occurs when stress becomes
constant and with it the influx of these stress hormones. By-
The ABCs of Omega-3s Vegetarian Sources
THE OMEgA-3 fatty acids found in salmon give the fish INCLuDE walnuts, flaxseed, soybeans, and canola oil. Toasted
its reputation as a leader in the fight against heart walnuts are great in salads and walnut oil makes a luxurious
disease. Major studies show that omega-3s lower vinaigrette. Many breads and cereals now contain
bad (LDL) cholesterol and triglyceride levels, flaxseed. Dry-roasted soybeans are a low-carb
and may also combat high blood pressure snack similar to peanuts (but with half the fat,
and inflammation. To ensure a high twice the fiber, and 80 percent more protein).
concentration, buy “wild-caught” salmon. Omega-3s Frozen soybeans (sometimes labeled with the
Japanese name “edamame”) taste like lima
Other good sources include halibut, lake
trout, herring, and sardines. Omega-3s
are also present in shrimp, clams, light
are also a leader beans. And mild-flavored canola oil is good
for cooking and baking.
chunk tuna, catfish, and cod.
in the fight against
The Science of Metabolism
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The Science of
Why understanding the metabolic process
gives you the best chance at healthy weight loss
by: Keith Darcey
you’ve probably heard it dozens of times –
“i’ve just got a slow metabolism.”
there is a good chance that whoever said it may in fact be correct.
if so, there is good news and bad news.
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The Science of Metabolism
The good neWs The metabolic process begins in the
Experts indicate that a slower metabolism may be evolutionarily hypothalamus, an area of the brain that controls
superior to a faster metabolism. In the days when food was in much of the nervous system and regulates such
short supply, a person with a slower metabolism needed less areas as hunger, thirst, temperature, sleep,
food to maintain their basic bodily life-support systems such as
breathing, brain function, blood circulation and digestion. That sexual activity and other mood sensors.
meant those with faster metabolisms processed food quicker
and needed more food to survive. Ultimately, the people with a
faster metabolism would die first.
The bad neWs
When food is abundant and you overeat, weight gain occurs
more easily and quickly.
Despite the claims of companies pushing wonder pills and fad
diets, the true secret to weight loss has been with you the whole
time. That secret is your unique metabolic process. It is why,
despite the claims, there is no one-size-fits-all diet or weight
To understand the metabolic process, we need to go back
to biology class. In basic terms, the metabolic process is the
breaking down of food through chemical reactions in your
body to produce the energy needed to survive and function.
Everyone has a base metabolism or basal metabolic rate – the
specific amount of calories needed for their body to complete
the basic functions. Weight gain, therefore, happens when you
take in more calories than your body burns through either basic
life functions or through movement, such as walking, brushing
your teeth or even pressing the buttons on the remote control.
“For most people, seventy percent of the
energy burned supports your basic life
functions and about ten percent of the energy The hypothalamus sends hormones to the pituitary gland,
is used is to actually digest your food, while the sometimes known as the master gland because it controls many
other glands in the body. In particular, the pituitary gland signals
remaining twenty percent is burned through to the thyroid gland, which is key to the metabolic process.
physical activity,” says EJGH Endocrinologist
Miguel Rivera, MD. “So really, eighty percent of The thyroid gland, which is located in the neck, is responsible
for producing the thyroid hormone that helps determine
your calories are needed just for survival.” the metabolic rate. This hormone helps to stimulate tissue
development and regulate many of the physiological processes
in the body. A thyroid gland that produces too much or too little
me•tab•o•lism of this hormone can affect the rate at which the breakdown
occurs. Both can lead to health problems beyond weight gain
The physical and chemical processes in the or weight loss.
body that create and use energy, such as: When you eat, the complex chemical reaction immediately
begins through two basic processes – catabolism and anabolism.
• Breathing Catabolism refers to breaking down of the food into simple
• Circulating blood components to create energy, while anabolism is the process of
• Controlling body temperature storing the energy. By working together, these two continuous
processes convert the fats, carbohydrates and proteins into the
• Contracting muscles fuel that the tissue cells in the body require.
• Functioning of the brain and nerves
“I have people come in my office all the time saying they don’t
• Digesting food and nutrients eat too much,” say Dr. Rivera. “I tell them that if they are gaining
• Eliminating waste weight, they are eating more then they need. Otherwise, they
would not be gaining weight.”
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The Science of Metabolism
and carbon dioxide exhaled at rest. The
test usually takes approximately twenty
minutes, and at the end, your specific
caloric needs are automatically com-
puted. In addition, the test will measure
the rate at which carbohydrates are
burned, a key indicator for the type and
amount of carbohydrates, simple or
complex, you should target daily.
“A metabolic test really becomes
your starting focal point as you move
forward with a nutrition plan,” says Don
Menard, Corporate Wellness Lead at the
EJGH Wellness Center. “As your body
changes, your metabolism rate may
also change, but if you don’t know the
initial number of calories per day you
need at present, you may be eating too
much or too little.”
Metabolic rate may change as muscle
Starvation or crash diets negatively affect your metabolism and can mass is added or reduced. Increasing
your lean muscle mass will speed
actually cause weight gain. if you consume less than the amount of up the metabolic process and will
calories you need to survive, your body will automatically begin to burn calories faster. Keeping up lean
muscle is important because as you
go into survival mode. your metabolism will slow down and your age, metabolism naturally tends to
body will begin to store up food. slow down as activity level slows. For
women, metabolism also tends to slow
down after menopause.
Dr. Rivera went on to say that although there is much to learn
about the metabolic process, recent research may be giving “Muscles are like the big engine in the car,”
physicians greater insight into the relationship between says Menard. “They burn calories faster that fat
metabolism and weight loss. Regulating two specific chemicals cells and make your metabolism speed up. It
in the body – ghrelin and leptin – may control whether you is much better to be heavier with more muscle
are hungry or full. In one study cited, the lab mice that were
mass than lighter with more fat.”
injected with increased levels of leptin, the chemical that makes
you feel full, lost weight as a result of eating less. Higher levels of
ghrelin, the chemical that makes you feel hungry, may therefore losing WeighT WiTh basal
be partly responsible for making you eat more. meTabolic raTe
For Lisa Salvaggio-Cooper, losing weight has been a life-long
KnoWing your meTabolic raTe is battle. She tried to lose weight through every diet plan she
Key To WeighT loss could find. All had varying degrees of success, but none created
the long-term success needed to maintain a healthy weight.
Understanding the metabolic process, and more specifically,
your particular metabolic rate, is crucial to long-term weight “I am fifty-two years old, overweight, and feel as if I am in a
loss and health. Your basal metabolic rate becomes the magic crisis,” Lisa says.
number of calories you need per day. Find that number, and a
nutrition plan can be established for optimal weight loss. Past diets created unhealthy weight losses and gains for Lisa.
Sometimes she ate the wrong foods and sometimes she simply
A metabolic test measures Resting Energy Expirations and did not eat enough. She also admits that part of her downfall in
signifies the number of calories needed for survival. The test is dieting was late-night eating.
performed with the individual laying flat on a table as relaxed as
possible. Fasting with no caffeine or nicotine is recommended Lisa underwent a metabolic test and it was determined that her
for about eight hours prior to the test. The test takes into account basal metabolic rate was 1,812 calories per day. Julie Fortenberry,
factors such as age, weight, sex and muscle mass. Sports and Lifestyle Nutritionist with The Fitness Principle with
Mackie Shilstone at East Jefferson General Hospital, worked with
A mask over the nose and mouth is worn and hooked to a Lisa to develop an individualized nutrition plan that matched
breathing machine that records the amount of oxygen intake caloric intake to her ideal 1,812-calorie limit.
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The Science of Metabolism
Julie Fortenberry, LDN,
rD is a Sports and
Lifestyle Nutritionist for
the Fitness Principle with
Mackie Shilstone. She
has counseled numerous
clients of all ages and
fitness levels, helping them
to meet their individual
“Lisa needed a plan that stuck to her needed calorie levels, but “When you don’t eat enough, you become like a
one that didn’t leave her hungry,” says Fortenberry. “We mixed
the right kind of calories she needed and broke up her meals
bear hibernating,” says Fortenberry. “Your body will
into smaller but more frequent meals. She feels full throughout hold onto to everything it can, store it up as fat and
the day and is maximizing her calorie-burning process.” you lose lean muscle. What makes it worse is when
Fortenberry went on to say that the basal metabolic rate is
you return to eating more than necessary with a
important not only so that you don’t overeat, but so that you slower metabolism and with less lean muscle.”
don’t eat too little. Starvation or crash diets negatively affect
After the first month, Lisa lost thirteen pounds. By maintaining a
your metabolism and can actually cause weight gain. If you
consistent plan adapted to her caloric needs, she notices fewer
consume less than the amount of calories you need to survive,
ups and downs in blood sugar levels and has better sleeping
your body will automatically begin to go into survival mode.
habits. She now believes that it’s more about getting to a healthy
Your metabolism will slow down and your body will begin to
state than a specific weight goal.
store up food.
TEN TIPS FOR BOOSTING YOUR METaBOlISM
Build lean body mass. Lean muscle burns calories, and the more you have, the more calories you burn, even while resting.
Eat Breakfast gives your metabolism a boost and provides a consistent energy supply throughout the day.
Consume less sugar. Processed and refined sugar cause serious health issues including obesity and diabetes. Complex
carbohydrates such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains are a better energy source because they supply an even level of blood sugar.
Spice up your diet. Spicy foods that make you sweat can help boost your metabolism.
5 a good night’s sleep.
Get The body uses sleep to heal and regenerate itself, including its muscular system.
Drink more water. Water flushes toxins out of the body and keeps the kidneys operating at maximum efficiency
allowing the liver more time to do what it does best, metabolize fat stores.
7 small meals. Eat 5 to 6 small meals per day to give the body a steady supply of energy and prevent binge eating.
Don’t miss meals. Skipping meals actually slows metabolism and can lead to overeating.
Plan your meals. If you have a daily or weekly menu you are much more likely to stick to your plan.
Drink green tea. Green tea has been shown to boost metabolism and unlike coffee does not stress the body with caffeine.
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The Science of Metabolism
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experience to E
Can This Man
anaerobic activities such as weight lifting create He has been described as an expert in fitness, nutrition, disease
a system overload and begin to breakdown prevention, disease management, lifestyle management, a coach,
guru, consultant, resource, an inspiration and more. Mackie
the muscle. the body responds by switching Shilstone has practically invented the fitness/life-coach model.
the fuel source from burning fat to burning He has worked with some of the most successful and recognized
names in sports over the last 30 years. Olympic Gold Medalists,
carbohydrates to repair the muscles. Wimbeldon & Super Bowl Champs, Hall of Famers and Heavyweight
Champions of the World; they have all credited Mackie with helping
combining nuTriTion them reach their summit.
WiTh exercise It was during a prize fight that the TV announcers gave him
The most effective way to lose weight is to combine proper
the moniker that perhaps best suits the man who once was an
nutrition with exercise. By restricting the number of calories to undersized wideout at Tulane, referring to Mackie’s unique way
your basal metabolic rate and incorporating exercise routines, of getting a fighter physically and mentally prepared to win. They
you maintain what your body needs and converts stored up called him “The Strategist”.
calories into energy to burn. This title appeals to Mackie because as an MBA, he has always taken
Balancing the two forms of exercise – aerobic and anaerobic a “strategic” or “management” approach to his work. Focusing on
– accomplishes the goal of speeding up the metabolism the end result or goal then developing a “strategic plan” to “manage”
and burning calories. There is a difference between the two his client to the end results has allowed Mackie to break the molds
forms, however. In general, aerobic means to burn calories on what constituted a training program. He was one of the first to
with oxygen and tends to burn fat as the main source of completely fold training, nutrition, supplements, clinical support
fuel. Aerobic exercises, commonly known as cardiovascular and psychology together into one comprehensive “strategy” of
workouts, use steady motion as oxygen is mixed in the system performance management.
to ideally burn the fat. Such exercises include walking, jogging,
Though his work has taken him literally
dancing or bicycling. With online around the world, he has always maintained
Anaerobic means to burn calories without oxygen. Typically, registration for his home, multiple business interests and
weightlifting, sprinting, boxing and other high intensity headquarters here in the New Orleans area. In
activities are considered anaerobic. The reason it is considered our programs, 2008, that headquarters has moved into The
without oxygen is because the activity crosses the metabolic Fitness Principe with Mackie Shilstone at East
threshold, or the point at which you cannot take in enough
people are truly a Jefferson General Hospital.
oxygen to support the activity. The activity creates a system mouse click away
overload and begins to break down the muscle. The body With this new state-of-the-art facility, Mackie
responds by switching the fuel source from burning fat to from positive can finally deliver the type of one-stop
turnkey experience he has always sought. “At
burning carbohydrates to repair the muscles. changes that East Jefferson, with online registration for our
“If you want to build the lean muscle, anaerobic exercise is can transform programs, people are truly a mouse click away
the most important,” says Dr. Rivera. “Ideally, you do need from positive changes that can transform
both because although they impact the metabolic process their lives. their lives. Here, we can implement our entire
differently, they both contribute to burning calories faster. In battery of non-invasive clinical diagnostic
the end, that is what you want in order to lose weight.”
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e brings over three decades of expert fitness
East Jefferson General Hospital. His clinically
grams offer sound, research-based advice to
rom world-class athletes to everyday people.
Change Your Life?
by JohN Sartori
tests that give us the most in-depth understanding of our clients
that has ever been available. These are testing processes that equal
or surpass what you would find if you were to an elite athlete at the
United States Olympic Training Facilities.”
For Mackie, The Fitness Principle’s level of excellence is a subject he
takes very seriously. “With this, we have a facility and programs that
I know will be impacting people in a positive manner long after I
am gone. I now feel confident in my legacy and that is something
very few people get to enjoy.”
If you are considering changing your body and life, you don’t
have to be an elite athlete to enter the programs at Fitness
Principle. Offerings like “Comprehensive Weight Loss” are utilized
by professional and weekend athletes alike. While skill levels may
change, the constant elements are the quality of the programs and
the desire by the participant to improve their performance. Many
are surprised to learn about the high number of Fitness Principle
clients are aren’t athletes at all. They just want to maximize their
own performances in their chosen careers and they know that fine-
tuning their own body will enhance their energy & performance
levels in every aspect of their lives.
One of the great aspects of being a client at The Fitness Principle
is the fact that you will get the same fitness and nutritional input
that has helped so many famous athletes reach their peak or
prolong their careers. It is also fun to know that on any day you
may be working out alongside Fitness Principle clients like Serena
Williams or Bernard Hopkins. Some of The Fitness Principle’s most
famous clients either don’t play anymore or never did. They just
want to maximize their fitness levels as in the cases of Hall of Fame
Shortstop Ozzie Smith, (who credits Mackie with prolonging his
baseball career by several years) or broadcaster Bob Costas. Not bad
for a facility that only began accepting applications in January and
won’t celebrate its official grand opening until March of this year.
Mackie is thrilled to finally have a facility and clinical support
that closes the circle in his quest to be the ultimate “Performance
Management Specialist” or as HBO put it, “The Strategist”. If you
would like more information on The Fitness Principle or to register
for a program, call 504- 457-3100 or go to www.ejgh.org.
More Than Just
a Cosmetic Problem
by: Cyd Casados
It’s important to start any discussion of varicose veins by
making the distinction between spider veins and varicose
veins. Spider veins are the small clusters of red, blue, or
purple veins that commonly appear on the thighs, calves,
and ankles. Although they are generally treated for cosmetic
reasons, spider veins can be a sign of a more serious
vein disease and can lead to complications
similar to varicose veins.
Varicose veins are the larger, bulging,
rope-like veins. Varicose veins are a have become less
common medical problem, affecting
approximately 40% of women, and invasive and more
25% of men. Varicose veins can lead
to substantial pain, as well as develop successful, up to 90%
into a more serious medical condition.
Non-treatment of varicose veins can result
in inflammation (phlebitis), blood clots Tod C. Engelhardt, MD, FACS
(thrombosis), ankle sores or skin ulcers, and
“If not treated, the symptoms will only continue to
worsen. There is no reason to suffer with varicose veins, as
treatments have become less invasive and more successful,
up to 90% effective. And most insurance policies cover
these medically necessary procedures used to treat
varicose veins, such as endovenous laser treatment and
phlebectomy,” according to Tod C. Engelhardt, MD, FACS
and cardiovascular surgeon at East Jefferson General
12 East Jefferson General Hospital
Varicose Veins continued
Venous Reflux Disease Sclerotherapy, an almost painless office procedure,
is most often used to treat visible spider veins and
Arteries carry blood away from your heart, delivering
small varicose veins near the surface. A sclerosant
oxygen to all parts of your body. The veins then
solution is injected into the affected vein causing it to
return this blood, now blue as the oxygen has been
shrink, close off, and slowly disappear. The procedure
removed, back to your heart. Your leg veins have
generally takes from about 15 to 45 minutes, and
to work against gravity to return the blood to your
from two to five treatments to complete. The
heart. Small, one-way valves open, allowing blood
ultrasound technology guides the precise placement
to flow upward towards the heart, and then close to
of the injections resulting in more effective results
prevent it from flowing back down.
than conventional sclerotherapy
Varicose veins occur when these valves malfunction.
The blood essentially flows backward into the legs
when the valves become damaged. The blood then
Ambulatory phlebectomy is a method
pools in your veins and causes them to become
of removing large varicose veins on
enlarged. This malfunction is referred to as venous
the surface of the legs. The veins are
removed through tiny punctures or
incisions. These incisions are so small
In addition to varicose veins, venous reflux disease
no stitches are required, improving
can lead to painful, aching, swollen legs and leg
cosmetic results. The procedure is BEFoRE - EVLT ®
heaviness and fatigue. It can also cause skin changes,
performed under a local anesthetic.
muscle cramps, restless leg symptoms, and burning
EnDoVEnoUS lASEr TrEATMEnT (EVlT®)
A thin, laser fiber is guided by
Prevention ultrasound into the vein. The laser
gently heats and closes the vein,
Factors that lead to venous reflux include age, stopping the venous reflux at its
gender, pregnancy, obesity, physical trauma, source. once the vein is closed, the
prolonged standing, and most important, heredity. blood is simply rerouted to other
But with regular exercise and avoiding standing or healthy veins and the varicose vein
sitting for long periods of time, you can relieve the essentially disappears. The procedure AFTER - EVLT ®
discomfort of current varicose veins and help prevent is generally completed within an hour.
new varicose veins from forming. A patient before and after EVlT ®
It is relatively pain-free and the patient treatment by cardiovascular
is able to return to normal activities surgeon, Tod C. Engelhardt, MD,
Treatments that day, and more strenuous activities FACS.
usually within one to two weeks.
Many people don’t realize they no longer have
to resort to painful and invasive vein stripping Results
surgery to get help for varicose veins. According to
Dr. Engelhardt patients have more options for less The results of the preceding treatments can be
invasive treatment than ever before. “Vein stripping remarkable. Dr. Tod Englehardt follows his patients
used to take place in the hospital and patients were for six months after the procedure and has found
on bed rest for days after the procedure. With these that “even five days post-procedure we see some
new treatments we perform the procedure in the very nice results. Those who suffer with the pain or
office under a local anesthetic and the patients are embarrassment of varicose veins can now experience
walking on a treadmill after the procedure.” results more quickly, and with less pain, bruising
Treatment options for varicose
If you have questions regarding varicose veins,
Compression hose are used to relieve the symptoms
of varicose veins by keeping the blood from pooling
or are looking for a treatment facility, please
in the veins, therefore improving circulation. They are
often used as the first line of treatment. Compression
contact the Louisiana Heart, Lung, & Vascular Institute
hose are also used after treatment to improve the
long-term effectiveness of the following procedures.
at East Jefferson General Hospital at 504-454-2222.
SCREENINGS Sibling Preparation
Becoming a big brother or sister is an
Joint Wellness Program
Available to individuals who have recently
exciting event. This sibling preparation completed the physical rehabilitation
Blood Pressure Screening
class is designed for children ages 3-10 and process following joint replacement
Lakeside Mall: 4th Wed of each month, 7:30
their parents. Class activities include how to surgery and intended to ensure
– 10:30 a.m.
hold a baby properly, diapering, drawing, independence and proper function of the
EJGH Canal Garage Groundlink: Tues and
doll play, videos and stories. Free. April 5, joint; both aquatic and land-based group
Thurs, 10 a.m. – Noon
9:30 –10:30 a.m. or 11 a.m.— Noon. Please exercise classes are conducted. Aquatic,
Wellness Center: 1st and 3rd Tues of each
call 456-5000 to register. Tuesdays, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. Land-based,
month, 8 –11 a.m.
Wednesdays, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. A physician’s
Clearview Mall: 2nd and 4th Tues of each
release is required.
month, 8 –11 a.m. DISEASE MANAGEMENT
Free, call 454-4066 for more information.
EXERCISE PROGRAMS Diabetes Dynamics
This two-class course teaches the basics
Core Stability Functional Training of diabetes management, nutrition, foot
Know your risk factors for heart disease.
Exercise training for people with care, exercise, goal setting and motivation.
Screen provides total cholesterol, HDL, LDL,
osteoporosis, back problems and a Classes are held in the Wound and Diabetes
TC/HDL ratio, triglycerides, and glucose.
low level of balance. Mondays and/or Management Center on the 7th floor of EJ
Call 456-5000 to schedule an appointment
Wednesdays, 1:30 – 2:15 p.m., call 456-5000 North. Free. April 2 & 3. Please call 849-8600
at the EJGH Wellness Center.
for fees and to register. A physician’s for more information. A physician’s release
release is required. is required.
WOMAN & CHILD SERVICES
Fibromyalgia Aquatic Program Successfully Managing Diabetes in
Lamaze Slow, controlled movements along with Today’s World
This course, for expectant mothers and gentle stretches for the tender points, At this comprehensive seminar for people
their companions, is designed to help designed to improve muscle tone, with diabetes vendors will provide
parents have a positive birth experience. endurance, and flexibility. Mondays and/or information on resources available for
$95 per couple. Please call 456-5000 for Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. or 5:30 successful diabetes management. Experts
dates, times, and to register. – 6:15 p.m. Call 456-5000 for fees and to present topics such as exercise, Medicare
register. A physician’s release is required. benefits, herbal supplements and nutrition
Prenatal Series as related to diabetes. Free. March 18,
Expectant parents learn about delivery and Multiple Sclerosis Aquatic Program Noon – 4 p.m. Call 456-5000 to register.
anesthesia options, baby care, and home Addresses the special needs of individuals
and auto safety. Free. Please call 456-5000 who have physical limitations as a result of Seminario Gratis de Diabetes
for dates, times, and to register. their disease. This program is conducted en Español
in a temperature-controlled pool to Temas incluyen cambio para mejorar su
Breastfeeding help promote flexibility, strength and vida; diabetes y su corazón; diabetes,
Expectant mothers learn to make an endurance, as well as to prevent fatigue. ejercisio y seguimiento con su doctor;
informed decision about breastfeeding. Tuesdays and/or Thursdays, 1 - 1:45 p.m. nutrición y diabetes. Mayo 31, 9:30 a.m. –
Free. April 26, 1 –3 p.m. Please call Please call 456-5000 for fees and to register. Noon. Centro de Conferencias Esplanade
456-5000 to register. A physician’s release is required. 3. Estacionamiento gratis en el Garaje
La Leche League Parkinson’s Program
La Leche League holds monthly Addresses the problems associated with
educational meetings providing Parkinson’s disease such as shuffled gait,
breastfeeding education, information and stooped posture, bradykinesia, as well as and ACTIVITIES
mother-to-mother support. Free. Third hesitance in movement, muscular rigidity,
Tuesday of every month, 10 – 11 a.m. Please and respiratory difficulties. Includes Look Good…Feel Better
call 456-5451 for more information and exercises for strength, flexibility, balance, EJGH’s Regional Cancer Center, along with
class location. No registration required. stability, gait, and the cardiorespiratory the American Cancer Society, offers this
system. Fridays, 1:30 - 2:15 p.m., call program for women undergoing radiation
Becoming a Woman 456-5000 for fees and to register. A or chemotherapy treatment. Volunteer
Girls aged 9 to 12, with their mother or a physician’s release is required. cosmetologists will help patients enhance
guardian, learn about the changes that their appearance. Please provide us with
come with adolescence. $20. April 16, your skin type (either light, medium or
6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Please call 456-5000 dark). Free. March 24, 6 – 8 p.m. Please call
to register. 456-5000 to register.
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Line Dancing SUPPORT GROUPS
2008 Diabetes Support Group
Boot, scoot and boogie your way to fitness. Members share information and support
Join us for fun and interactive instruction each other to promote successful
AWAKE (Alert, Well and Keeping
in the latest dance steps choreographed management of diabetes. Meetings are held
to music. Wednesdays, April 2 – May 21, Energetic) on the last Thursday of each month, Noon
7:45 – 8:45 p.m., $40 (Wellness Center Offers information and support for those – 1 pm in EJ North, 7th Floor. Call 849-8600
members), $80 (nonmembers). To register dealing with sleep apnea or other sleep for more information.
call 456-5000. disorders. Call 849-8700 for dates, times and
Grief Support Group
Swing, Salsa, Tango and more Sponsored by the American Cancer
Knock off inches from your waist and hips Alzheimer’s Family Support Group Society, this program is for those who have
while enjoying the rhythms and basic Provides support and education to experienced the death of a loved one.
moves of salsa, meringue, foxtrot, samba, caregivers, family and friends of those Meetings are held every Wednesday from
cha cha, and rumba. Partner not required. diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. This 6:30 – 8 pm in the Yenni Treatment Center.
Thursdays, April 3 – May 22, 7:30 – 8:15 group meets on the second and fourth Call 456-5000 for more information.
p.m., $40 (Wellness Center members), $80 Tuesday of each month, 4 pm at the EJGH
(nonmembers), to register call 456-5000. Adult Day Care Center at 3929 West Metairie
Ave. Call 837-2629 for more information.
I Can Cope
Offers education and support to cancer
Total Joint Replacement Program patients and their loved ones. Call 456-5000
Better Breathers Club for dates and times.
Prepares patients for hospitalization
This support group is for people with
for joint replacement surgery, from
chronic conditions that affect breathing,
preoperative testing to discharge. This
such as asthma and COPD. Call 456-5000 for
Ostomy Support Group
program is for patients having hip or Education and support for those coping
dates, times and locations.
knee replacement surgery at EJGH and is with the challenges of living with an
provided to them at no cost. Please call ostomy. Meetings are held bimonthly on
456-5000 for dates and times. Bosom Buddies the second Tuesday of even months from 7
Education and support group for women – 9 pm; call 454-4941 for more information.
with a breast cancer diagnosis. Meetings
Five Wishes/Living Will Seminar are the third Wednesday of each month
Protect your family members from having
at the Breast Care Center, 6:30 - 8 pm. Call
Pulmonary Hypertension Support
to make difficult decisions without knowing Group
883-8989 for more information.
your wishes. This easy-to-use living will This patient-led group provides support
addresses your spiritual, personal and and information for those living with
emotional wishes as well as your medical Caregivers’ Group
pulmonary hypertension. Please call
needs. Panel consists of a physician, Support and encouragement for those
731-6113 for dates and times.
attorney, social worker and a care manager. caring for a loved one. The group meets
Mar 27, 4 – 6 pm. Free. Call 456-5000 to at the Counseling Center, 3601 Houma
Boulevard, Ste 206 on the third Tuesday Sarcoidosis Support Group
register. Designed for those living with sarcoidosis,
of each month from 6:30 - 7:30 pm; call
454-4066 or 885-3373 for more information. a chronic condition that often involves the
Prevention on Par lungs and causes difficulty breathing. Please
Eighteen holes of golf at the Chateau Golf call 454-4882 for dates and times.
and Country Club, a gourmet buffet lunch, Celiac Sprue Association
and question & answer session with Dr. Brad Offers education and support for people
with gluten intolerance. Call 454-4391 for Self Help for Hard of Hearing
Collins on men’s health. $75. March 17, 9 Provides information and support for the
a.m. – 3 p.m. Call 456-5000 to register. dates, times and locations.
hearing impaired. Group meets on the
third Saturday of each month at 10 am. Call
Medicare Insurance Counseling This group is for families who have
834-4339 for more information.
Assistance is for Elder Advantage members
experienced the loss of a child. Meetings are
and by appointment only. For more Stroke Support Group
the second Monday of each month in the
information please call 454-4066. Offers support to stroke survivors and
EJGH auditorium. Call 887-4599 for more
information. their families. Meetings are held on the last
AARP Driver Safety Program Wednesday of each month at 6:30 pm in
A certificate of completion is awarded the 8th Floor Gym. Call 456-5000 for more
Defibrillator Support Group
for this one day, 4-hour course. Call Larry information.
This support group is for patients with
Lemoine at 454-4168 for more information.
internal defibrillators. Meetings are
bimonthly. Call 456-5000 for dates, times
Raising Funds and Raising Spirits Since 1971
“Besides the many, many volunteers who give countless hours of In addition to its fundraising endeavors, the Auxiliary reaches out
service to East Jefferson General Hospital, the Auxiliary continues to members of the community who need it most with its Care-Ring
to be involved in endeavors to raise much needed funds,” says Jean program. Volunteers make daily telephone calls to community
Rice, EJGH Auxiliary President. The Auxiliary’s biggest fundraiser, members who are homebound, live alone, or are recuperating
the Great Lady/Great Gentleman Awards Luncheon, honors eight from surgery or illness.
members of the metropolitan community for their outstanding
volunteer work in the New Orleans area. According to Rice, “This
event is to honor those who have gone above and beyond in their WANT TO JOIN?
service to the community.” All you have to do is fill out the membership form, enclose your
The money raised from both the patron party and the luncheon check for dues, and mail to the address indicated. Then you’ll be
provides funds for nursing scholarships and continuing education eligible for these upcoming Auxiliary events:
for the medical staff at EJGH. Since the Auxiliary started, more • DOcTOr’s DAy – March 28. The Auxiliary honors EJGH
than 200 nursing scholarships have been funded by the program, doctors on their own special day for the dedication they
and in excess of several million dollars have been donated to the
show to the hospital and its patients all year long.
hospital, from funds raised by the Auxiliary.
The Auxiliary also operates the East Jefferson General Hospital • GreAT LADy/GreAT GeNTLemAN AWArDs LuNcheON –
gift shop, the Sunshine Boutique, donating the profits at the end Patron Party, April 3; Luncheon, April 6, Audubon Tea Room
of the year to the hospital. The boutique carries an extensive array
• GeNerAL meeTING – April 23, 10:30 a.m., Conference
of gifts, collectibles, decorative items and greeting cards. There is
a florist on staff who designs floral arrangements and decorative
Center, lunch provided
potted plants, and annual art and jewelry shows. The funds from • AuxILIAry OffIcer’s INsTALLATION – May 16, Conference
the gift shop go toward the check the Auxiliary gives the hospital Center, lunch provided
at the end of each year.
The money raised from both the patron party and the luncheon provides funds for
nursing scholarships and continuing education for the medical staff at EJGH.
Since the Auxiliary started, more than 200 nursing scholarships have been
funded by the program, and in excess of several million dollars have been
donated to the hospital, from funds raised by the Auxiliary.
eJGh AuxILIAry membershIp AppLIcATION
Type of membership desired:
Active Member ($20 yearly) Life Member ($100 contributed within a 12-month period)
Make check payable to EJGHA.
Mail to: Phyllis Stacy, Membership Chair, 4505 Elmwood Parkway, Metairie, LA 70003
Committees/Activities in which I am interested:
Gift Shop Care-Ring Program Great Lady/Great Gentleman Committee
Call 504-887-3434 for more information.
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Tax Aid Program Benefits Seniors advantaGE Foundation
After John Burgbacher retired from Shell Oil after 36 years as a chemical engineer he “was looking
for something to do, so I took an H&R Block course to do my own taxes. Some friends of mine were AARP TAx Aid PRogRAm
involved with the AARP Tax Aid Program and I decided to volunteer myself.” That was 15 years ago
and Burgbacher is still helping seniors with their taxes. As District Coordinator for the program in Feb 4 – April 10, Monday – Thursday
Jefferson, St. Charles and St. John parishes, Burgbacher oversees approximately 40 volunteers at 9 am – 2 pm (no returns started after 1 pm)
eleven sites, one of those being East Jefferson General Hospital.
“It’s such a wonderful program for our seniors. Taxes can be so confusing,” says Nina Victory, Electronic Returns Only
Supervisor of the Elder Advantage Program at East Jefferson General Hospital, a sponsor of the
AARP Tax Aid Program. Last year over 400 returns were filed through the program at EJGH.
EJ North, 1st floor
4320 Houma Blvd, Metairie
No appointment is necessary and there are three or four volunteers available each day for assistance.
All returns are filed electronically and there is no charge for the service. Those interested in taking Call Elder Advantage at
advantage of the program should bring their 2006 tax return; any 1099s, W-2s, or brokerage 504-454-4066 for more information.
equivalent statements; and the declarations page for their homeowner’s policy, as residents of
Louisiana are eligible for a refund of their Citizen’s Fair Plan Assessment.
Volunteers run the entire program, including training new volunteers. The volunteers must
complete a three-day training course and pass an IRS certification examination before they can
begin assisting others with their taxes. Burgbacher encourages those with a desire to help to get
involved and go through the training process. “We can always use more volunteers.”
A Lifetime Income – A Meaningful Gift EJGH
Charitable Gift annuities Foundation
To create a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA), a to continue its mission. Please call EJGH’s Foundation at
donor gives cash, stock, or other assets to a 504-780-5800 to find out more
simPliCiTY. Charitable gift annuities are
favorite charity. In return, the donor receives about gift annuities, or to receive a
relatively straightforward and often less
a fixed payment, called an annuity, for the
complicated than commercial annuities. personalized illustration of a gift annuity.
remainder of their life, as well as a tax deduction.
With this type of annunity you can contribute to It is important to note that gift annuities are
You can also get additional information
a worthwhile non-profit organization while also not insured, and they are not transferable to a on the Foundation/Giving website at
enjoying both income and tax benefits. donor’s heirs if the giver dies. And remember, www.ejgh.org. Or complete the
any prospective donor should always seek the form below and return it to:
For example, if you
advice of qualified estate and/or tax professional
AGE RATE donated $10,000 to
to make sure a gift annuity is right for them. EJGH FOuNDATION, 4200 HOuMA BLVD,
East Jefferson General
55 5.5% METAIRIE, LA 70006
60 5.7% you would receive a
65 6.0% percentage of your
70 6.5% donation back each year giFT ANNUiTY CoUPoN
in a fixed annuity, based
75 7.1% upon your age (see table). Dear Friends at the EJGH Foundation,
80 8.0% You would also receive: Please send me complimentary information about charitable gift annuities.
85 9.5% TAx AdvANTAges. Part
Please send me a personalized illustration of a gift annuity.
90 16.3% of your gift can be used for
an income tax deduction Date of birth: ________/_________/_________ (First donor)
now, plus a portion of
your income payments may be tax-free. Your Date of birth: ________/_________/_________ (Second donor)
gift can reduce or defer capital gains tax if you
choose to donate appreciated securities. I am thinking about donating $_____________ to establish my gift annuity.
Fixed-iNCome. You win peace of mind with Name(s):_________________________________________________________________
a fixed-rate income for life, and the knowledge
that ultimately you will help your favorite charity Phone Number: _____________________ E-mail address:_______________________
Saving and Serving Lives.
Every day, this dedicated team of men and women serve
as the mobile first line of healthcare for our community.
East Jefferson General Hospital’s EMS Service –
It’s what they do.
24 hour EmErgEncy rEsponsE:
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Emergency Medical Services