Milestones & Accolades

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2018 Milestones

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Growth & Expansion

Ochsner cared for more than 811,000 patients from every state and more than 70 countries.

Ochsner, the State of Louisiana and Louisiana State University established a groundbreaking new partnership, creating Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport to improve access to high-quality healthcare in north Louisiana, enhance medical education and advance critical medical research.

The new West Campus opened on Jefferson Highway, offering inpatient rehabilitation through a partnership with Select Medical, long-term acute care with LHC Group and Ochsner-led skilled nursing care in a five-story, 130,000-square-foot facility.

The West Tower expansion added seven new state-of-the-art floors to Ochsner’s flagship hospital on Jefferson Highway, including 102 new private rooms, while increasing our inpatient capacity to 657 beds.

Our investment in the new Ochsner Medical Complex – The Grove is making a huge impact on Louisiana’s economy, caring for more patients in more communities from Baton Rouge and beyond.

Ochsner Health Network launched the Ochsner Accountable Care Plan for Walmart and Sam’s Club associates, an innovative approach to improve quality and patient outcomes at reduced cost.

Technology & Innovation

The new Optimal Hospital at Ochsner Medical Center features patient-centered technology like bedside tablet computers, red night lights to minimize sleep disturbances, wireless monitoring of vital signs and antimicrobial fabrics to help prevent hospital-acquired infections.

Through Ochsner’s new Precision Cancer Therapies Program and Hereditary Cancer Clinic, we can predict which patients are likely to respond to particular therapies, identify those with a higher risk, and offer genetic testing and counseling to give patients a more complete picture.

Ochsner Anywhere Care, an urgent care virtual visit tool, launched as a new choice for non-emergency urgent care that provides an instant connection between patients and physicians.

Team & Talent

Employee engagement among Ochsner’s 25,000 employees increased to 57% actively engaged, placing Ochsner at the 79th percentile nationally.

The 48% increase in Ochsner’s minimum wage benefits 1,200+ employees and their families and is helping set a new standard for Louisiana.

Now in its 12th year, the Ochsner STAR (Science, Technology, Academics, Research) Program welcomed 16 high school students in 2018 from across southeast Louisiana. This free program provides hands-on experience to students interested in future healthcare careers.

Academics & Research

105 medical students made up the 2018 graduating class of the University of Queensland – Ochsner Clinical School, and since 2009, we have graduated 444 medical students who have gone on to residencies with some of the world’s top medical centers.

Proactively addressing a serious nursing shortage across our region, the new Chamberlain College of Nursing at Ochsner Health System will bring additional, highly qualified nurses into our system over the next three years.

8,000 patients were enrolled in clinical trials and 700+ clinical research studies were active at multiple Ochsner campuses.

Community Health

River Place Behavioral Health, an 82-bed inpatient behavioral health facility established in partnership with Acadia Healthcare, opened in LaPlace, Louisiana.

Ochsner achieved an 11% reduction in patients exposed to opioid narcotics and was awarded a $1.6 million grant by the National Institutes of Health for opioid treatment and recovery through the Safe Pain Management Program.

Ochsner Baptist and the Brees Dream Foundation partnered to support the expansion of the Women’s Wellness and Survivorship Center, an innovative program that focuses on women’s overall health concerns from young adulthood through natural aging.

The Ochsner Tobacco Cessation program has treated nearly 15,000 patients since its inception and achieves quit rates double the national average, with nearly 30% of participants remaining smoke-free after 12 months.


The Michael R. Boh Center for Child Development opened as the only facility of its kind in Louisiana, offering a comprehensive approach for children with complex developmental, intellectual and behavioral needs.

The Pediatric Congenital Heart Surgery Program achieved a 100% survival rate for neonate and child patients.

The Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana at Ochsner Baptist became accredited by the Human Milk Banking Association of North America as the 24th human milk bank in the United States and the first and only in Louisiana.


Clinical Excellence

Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Baptist and Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus received the Healthgrades Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence.

Diversity Leadership

Ochsner was the only health system in three Gulf South states to be recognized as a Top Hospital for Diversity by

Best Employer

Forbes ranked Ochsner in its Best Employers for New Grads listing.


Ochsner Health System President and CEO Warner Thomas received a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award honoring the Top CEOs in 2018.

Best Hospital

Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus and Ochsner Baptist are nationally ranked in Gastroenterology & GI Surgery; Ear, Nose and Throat; and Neurology & Neurosurgery according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2018-19 Best Hospitals rankings.

TOP 25

Ochsner was named by Gartner to the Healthcare Supply Chain Top 25.

Innovation Excellence

Ochsner earned the HIMSS Davies Enterprise Award for innovation excellence in digital medicine programs for hypertension, diabetes and maternal monitoring.

ACCC Innovator Award

The Association of Community Cancer Centers named Ochsner’s Precision Cancer Therapies Program a recipient of the ACCC Innovator Award.

Designated Baby-Friendly

Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner and Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus recently received international recognition as Baby-Friendly Designated birth facilities by Baby-Friendly USA, Inc.

TOP 100

IBM Watson Health named Ochsner Medical Center, Ochsner Baptist, Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus and Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge to its roster of 100 Top Hospitals.

TOP 50

For the second consecutive year, Ochsner Hospital for Children was ranked among the top 50 children’s hospitals in the country by U.S. News & World Report and was included in the 2018-19 rankings for pediatric gastroenterology and gastrointestinal surgery specialties.

Equality Leadership

Seven Ochsner facilities earned the LGBTQ Healthcare Equality Leader designation from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation.


22 Ochsner and affiliate hospital nurses were named to Great 100 Nurses in Louisiana by The Great 100 Nurses Foundation.

Safety Grade

11 Ochsner Health System hospitals, including four partner hospitals, achieved a Leapfrog Group Hospital Safety Grade of A for Fall 2018.