East Orange General Hospital is providing fully accredited acute-care provider as the only independent hospital in the region. Under the leadership of dynamic leader Kevin Slavin, it changes its style of servicing the community according to what the community needs. Since Kevin Slavin became President of East Orange General Hospital eight years ago, the EOGH administration came to the community to find out the problems, ask questions and hear suggestions from the community. Rather than working with medical professionals only, EOGH has worked the other way around. They placed the community and its problems first and worked their success around their needs.
Slavin said, “Since our last Ball of the Oranges, I’m proud to tell you that our Electronic Health Records initiative has made huge strides and put us in a category with just 8 percent of the hospitals nationwide to have achieved meaningful progress in going paperless. We are well along to automating all patient-related information in order to reduce costs, improve efficiency and ensure continuity of care by providing easier and faster access to patient records.
This year, EOGH honored an athlete who has shown courage, determination and remarkable accomplishments as a Rutgers University student-athlete. Eric LeGrand has been receiving wishes for his speedy recovery from many well-known NFL stars, including Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.
On October 16, 2010 in a game Army game, Eric LeGrand had a career-ending spinal cord injury. Despite his hardships, LeGrand has demonstrated to the entire nation his courage, determination and belief in himself. Originally paralyzed from the neck down, Eric’s selfless attitude, smile and ongoing recovery have inspired millions to believe that anything is possible when one never loses faith and has the will to achieve.
LeGrand, a resident of Avenel, NJ, attended Colonia High School. During his freshman and sophomore seasons at Rutgers, Eric immediately found playing time as a defensive lineman. He ended the 2009 season with 33 tackles and 2 quarterback sacks. Eric’s progress skyrocketed during the early portion of the 2010 Scarlet Knights season until October 16th and the play that forever changed his life.
For our readers, I took a quick interview between the photo sessions, where people were standing in line to take a snap shot with the internationally known athlete due to his strong belief in himself and God.
Dhiren Shah: What was your first reaction when you came out of unconsciousness after the injury?
Eric LeGrand: When I was on the ground, I could hear, but I could not breathe. My mom was hysteric. When I came back to my senses, I told my mom I will be back. My girlfriend Rheanne helped me in this journey of my life. At Kessler, I had a 105.5 fever and in the first two days in therapy I fall sleep.
DS: What energized you to fight and come back to football?
EL: People and God have supported me. People do it for a reason.
DS: What message do you have for young athletes who might get hurt while playing?
EL: First believe in yourselves. You can handle anything and can come back to your normal life.
DS: What is the best memorable moment in your life?
EL: I don’t have a best moment, but I do have great moments in my life.
The East Orange General Hospital Ball of the Oranges was celebrated at the Wilshire Hotel in West Orange on May 18, 2012. U.S. Senator Menendez, State Senator Nia Gill, Assembly Speaker Sheila Oliver, Orange Mayor Eldridge Hawkins, Jr. and many other dignitaries were in attendance with a full house of respected business and community members.