In 2007, East Jefferson General Hospital became the first hospital in our region to become a certified member of MD Anderson Cancer Network.
With that, our certified cancer fighting doctors gain access to treatment pathways and protocols developed and used at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, one of the world’s most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer care, research, education and prevention. Our relationship with MD Anderson gives our patients the very best of what we do locally combined with the very latest treatments developed by the nation’s leading cancer fighting center. Patients throughout and well beyond the Greater New Orleans area have access to great cancer care without having to leave our region for treatment.
We worked hard at earning this distinction for one reason; we believe, as does MD Anderson, that you benefit greatly in your fight against cancer if you can receive the highest levels of care without having to leave your friends, family, job and support systems. To allow our patients to remain home, yet not suffer quality of care is the ultimate goal of this relationship.
Becoming, and maintaining our status as a member of the cancer network means we must continuously demonstrate that we are a leader in cancer diagnostics, outcomes, support and comprehensive cancer care. To our patients, it means we have a level of resources that no other oncology department in our region can match. It is not an exaggeration to claim that our status as a member of the MD Anderson Cancer Network has raised the bar for cancer care throughout Southeastern Louisiana and the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
Through this relationship, EJGH is playing a direct role in MD Anderson Cancer Center’s “Moon-Shot Goal” of eradicating three types of cancer in the next decade. We have joined forces with them because we believe in this goal and we know our efforts are assisting in this goal becoming a reality.
More Than A CertificationMDA/EJGH Physician Consulting
The second opinion has become a staple of medical care. In fact, today the practice is used in many fields but nowhere is it more associated with quality than in the healthcare industry. This practice led to many forward thinking hospitals adopting Tumor Board or Cancer Team approaches that allowed multiple doctors to reach a consensus before moving forward with a course of treatment. As part of our affiliate relationship with MD Anderson, East Jefferson General Hospital has installed a video conferencing system. This system’s purpose is to allow EJGH physicians to hold regularly scheduled meetings with MD Anderson physicians, allowing MD Anderson physicians and EJGH physicians to agree on a patient’s best possible course of treatment. Doctors from each location view scans and reports so that each participating physician can give an informed opinion based upon the greatest possible amount of data, giving the patient the benefit of multiple views.