NEW ORLEANS EAST HOSPITAL TOUR: Residents can meet employees and physicians at New Orleans East Hospital, tour the new facility and enjoy snacks, caroling and Santa Claus during a free Taste & Tour event from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the hospital, 5620 Read Blvd., New Orleans. To reserve your spot, visit or call Whitney Evans at (504) 592-6632.

UP ON THE ROOF: The Up on the Roof beer-tasting event held Oct. 24 raised $160,000 for The Foundation at East Jefferson General Hospital. Canon Hospice presented the event, which was held on the roof of the Esplanade Garage at EJGH. More than 1,500 people attended the sold-out event.

Proceeds from the event will go toward the foundation’s Inspire Grant Program, funding projects that directly impact patient care at East Jefferson General Hospital.

The Foundation at EJGH is the philanthropic arm for East Jefferson General Hospital and is governed by a community board of trustees. For information, visit

HOSPITAL GRANTS AWARDED: The Foundation at East Jefferson General Hospital has chosen the hospital projects that will benefit from $222,460 it raised at its 2013 Up on the Roof beer-tasting event and its 2014 golf tournament. The projects were chosen by a committee of hospital team members, physicians and foundation board trustees.

Projects receiving 2014 Inspire grants include

n Improving software to streamline patient menu selection and the implementation of room service of patient meals.

n New flooring in the rehab gym.

n Renovation of the group room and quiet room in the geriatric behavioral health unit.

n Travel and class costs for 300 staff members for acute stroke life support training.

n Updated communication boards in all patient rooms.

n Three new communication radios between Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office and EJGH security during emergencies and disasters.

n A digital music library for the piano in the Yenni Infusion Center waiting area.

n Renovation of the dining and activity room in the inpatient rehab unit.

n 24 specialty wheelchair cushions designed for severe stroke, spinal cord injury and amputee patients.

n Furniture and fixtures for the family lounge area on six east.

n A birthing simulator for nurse training.

n Eight wheelchairs for cancer patients.

n Sound systems for the radiation therapy treatment rooms.

n New furniture and a television for the pulmonary waiting area.

n Volunteer training materials to support the “No One Dies Alone” program.