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     New Orleans - Bayou Regions:
          Stafford Scott Maestri: stmaestri@ochsner.org, 504-842-9143

          Giselle Hecker: ghecker@ochsner.org, 504-842-9219

     Baton Rouge - North Shore Region:
          Shelly Dupre, Impact Management Group: shelly@impactmanagement.com, 225-819-1540

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Ochsner Undergoing Clinical Study to Evaluate First-In-Class Cardiac Device

Added on Jan 15, 2007 | Filed Under:

New Orleans Woman Becomes First Patient in the State to Receive Optimizer

NEW ORLEANS, LA Ochsner Health System has announced today it is studying a medical device in patients to measure the potential health benefits of a new implantable pulse generator called the Optimizer". The Optimizer delivers electrical impulses to the heart for patients who suffer from moderate-to-severe heart failure. Ochsner Medical Center on Jefferson Highway is the only hospital in the state of Louisiana participating in this multi-center clinical research study. The first Optimizer implant in Louisiana was received by Ms. Deborah Bourque of New Orleans…

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Parade at Ochsner Celebrates Saints Playoff Game

Added on Jan 07, 2007 | Filed Under:

Ochsner and Saintsations hold Playoff Parade for employees and patients

NEW ORLEANS, LA As the New Orleans Saints official healthcare sponsor, Ochsner employees and patients will celebrate the teams success and playoff bid with a small Mardi Gras-style parade in the hospital tomorrow. A Jazz band and the Saintsations will perform the second line throughout the hospitals first floor, and toss Saints-Ochsner Mardi Gras beads and t-shirts to employees and patients. Ochsner Saintsation Playoff Parade: January 9, 2007 12:00pm -1:00pm Ochsner Medical Center, 1514 Jefferson Highway Ochsner is very proud to support the Saints. Their…

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Ochsner’s New Orleans Hospitals Welcome Their First Births of 2007

Added on Jan 01, 2007 | Filed Under:

NEW ORLEANS, LA At 3:11 a.m CST a baby boy marked a positive trend for Ochsner's New Orleans hospitals, as they expect the number of births in the city to continue to rise. The first 2007 Ochsner bundle of joy was born at Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank. Carisa Washington and Kemper Jacobs are the proud parents of baby boy, Kemper Jacobs, Jr. weighing in at 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 20 inches long. And, at 8:56 a.m. CST, Ochsner Medical Center on Jefferson…

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LSU Athletic Teams Visit Ochsner Hospital in New Orleans

Added on Dec 27, 2006 | Filed Under:

Ladies Basketball and Tiger Football Teams Pass Winning Spirit to Hospital Patients

NEW ORLEANS, LA The NCAA Number 6 ranked LSU Lady Tigers will pay a visit to Ochsner Hospital, 1514 Jefferson Highway, today, Thursday, December 28, 2006, from 4pm-5:30pm. The entire team, including head coach Pokey Chatman, will visit with pediatric and adult patients. The Lady Tigers will tour the Ochsner Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and in-patient hospital wing (4th floor hospital), and the Skilled Nursing Unit (6th floor hospital). Also, on Sunday, December 31, another LSU winning team will visit Ochsner. The 4th ranked (AP…

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Ochsner CIO named one of Computerworld Magazine’s 100 Information Technology (IT) leaders

Added on Dec 11, 2006 | Filed Under:

NEW ORLEANS, LA Ochsner Health System announced today that its Chief Information Officer and System Vice President, Dr. Lynn Witherspoon, has been selected as one of Computerworld's Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2007. Now in its eighth year, this awards program shines a deserved spotlight on leaders from both the technology and business sides of a broad range of companies. Winners displayed exceptional technology leadership in their organizations, fostered ideas and creative work environments, envisioned innovative approaches to business problems and effectively managed IT strategies.…

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Ochsner Health System Named The Best Place to Work In New Orleans

Added on Dec 10, 2006 | Filed Under:

NEW ORLEANS, LA Strong relief programs during and after Hurricane Katrina, a healthy workplace atmosphere, and easy accessibility to healthcare combine to make Ochsner Health System the #1, large business, Best Place to Work in New Orleans according to CityBusiness newspaper. This year, CityBusiness selected 20 honorees in the large business category and 20 honorees in the small business category for its annual Best Place to Work event. Companies were judged in categories including salary, benefits, vacation time, bonus perks, and in-house professional development and…

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Ochsner Announces New Hires

Added on Dec 03, 2006 | Filed Under:

NEW ORLEANS, LA Ochsner Health System announced today the hiring of three new management executives: Mitch Wasden Vice President of Ochsner Medical Center Baton Rouge. Mitch graduated from University of Michigan with a Masters Degree in Health Administration and is currently completing doctoral studies in executive leadership and organizational theory at George Washington University. Wasden joined Ochsner from the Lovelace Clinic where he served as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to Lovelace, he served as COO for a medical device company. TJ Stranova Director of Cardiology…

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Free Holiday Diabetic Cooking Demo and Luncheon

Added on Nov 30, 2006 | Filed Under:

KENNER, LA Ochsner Medical Center-Kenner (OMC-K) is hosting a golden opportunity for local residents 55 years and over A free luncheon and diabetes cooking demonstration on December 6, at 11:00am at the hospital located at 180 West Esplanade Avenue. The holidays can be a tough time for families, especially those who are dealing with dietary restrictions as a result of diabetes. But, there's no reason you can't enjoy the holidays and all they have to offer. With a little preparation and some diabetes know-how, you'll…

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Ochsner & Commander’s Palace Reunite to Fight Heart Disease in New Orleans

Added on Nov 27, 2006 | Filed Under:

Newly Renovated Restaurant Offers New Heart-Healthy Selections

NEW ORLEANS, LA Theres no doubt New Orleanians love to eat and especially during the holidays! Two locally-owned mainstays, Commanders Palace and Ochsner Health System, are joining forces again to help residents enjoy many of south Louisianas culinary delights on the lighter side. Commanders recent reopening marks the rebirth of Good & Hearty, a selection of dietitian-approved, heart-healthy menu options for patrons who are watching what they eat but still want to enjoy an exquisite Commanders meal. Commanders award-winning Executive Chef Tory McPhail along with…

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Ochsner Presents Drug-Coated Stent Study Findings at AHA Meeting

Added on Nov 14, 2006 | Filed Under:

One-Year Study Suggests Stents May Treat PAD and Prevent Restenosis

NEW ORLEANS, LA Today, at the American Heart Association meeting in Chicago, Ochsner Cardiology Fellow Dr. Arthur G. Grant, M.D., presented study findings that found drug-coated stents may be a feasible and safe treatment option to maintain blood flow through tiny clogged vessels in the lower leg. Treating clogged arteries in the lower leg is difficult due to the size of the arteries, plaque build up, and re-clogging frequency known as restenosis explains Dr. Grant. His study found that in 10 patients, the drug-coated mesh…

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