The Ochsner Health System History Book
When Alton Ochsner and four colleagues opened New Orleans’ first multi-specialty group practice in 1942, they envisioned providing residents of the city with the highest quality medical care delivered with an unwavering attention to the needs of patients.
The history of Ochsner tells the fascinating story about how the five founders overcame opposition from the New Orleans medical community in the early years and later joined Ochsner Clinic to the Ochsner Foundation Hospital to became the standard for medical care in New Orleans and south Louisiana. Ochsner has now evolved into the largest private not-for-profit healthcare system in the region, encompassing eight hospitals and more than 38 neighborhood health centers.
Ochsner’s history is also a spellbinding story of a healthcare system that continuously reaches out to the communities it serves, becoming to many the model for what a twenty-first-century healthcare system should be.
History of OchsnerOchsner has a rich and storied history starting in 1942. Learn more about the founding fathers of Ochsner and how the hospital on Jefferson Highway grew to the Ochsner Health System of the
Ochsner Celebrates 70 YearsOchsner was founded in 1942 and celebrates its 70th anniversary in 2012. Take a walk through Ochsner's history from the establishment of the Ochsner Clinic by its 5 founders to the now existing Ochsner Health System, a system of 8 hospitals and over 38 health centers.
Living the Legacy- Ochsner Goes Tobacco FreeOchsner Health System proudly continues Living the Legacy of our founder Dr. Alton Ochsner by officially becoming tobacco free at all Ochsner facilities and properties as of April 1, 2011. In 1939, Dr. Alton Ochsner was one of the first to discover the link between tobacco use and lung cancer. He then dedicated the rest of his life to educating the world on the dangerous effects of smoking.
10 Year Anniversary of Hospital and Clinic UnificationIn August 2001, Ochsner Clinic and Ochsner Foundation merged to form Ochsner Health System, ushering in an exciting time for the new Ochsner. The merger allowed a unified approach to be developed and for the organization to operate more efficiently.
What Ochsner Means to Me
Ann Savoie, Outpatient Infusion Nurse, Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital
Bobby Brown, Team Leader, Food/Nutrition Catering, Ochsner Medical Center
Dr. Leandro Area, Family Physician, Assistant Chairman of Department of Family Medicine, Head Physician, Ochsner Health Center
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