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          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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Added on Jun 28, 2013 | Filed Under: General News

Ochsner Medical Center was designated as a Magnet organization in 2003 and 2008 by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) Magnet Recognition Program®. This prestigious designation recognizes excellence in nursing services. In August 2013, Ochsner Medical Center is applying for re-designation. Patients, family members, staff, and interested parties who would like to provide comments are encouraged to do so. Anyone may send comments via e-mail, fax, and direct mail. All phone comments to the Magnet Program Office must be followed up in writing. YOUR COMMENTS…

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Added on Jun 17, 2013 | Filed Under: Press Release

Health System Named to Top 50 list by AARP and Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

(Baton Rouge, LA) – Ochsner Health System, based in New Orleans, is being honored by AARP and the Society for Human Resource Management as one of the 2013 Best Employers for Workers Over 50. Ochsner joins a diverse group of health systems, corporations, government agencies, and non-profits on the list, announced today by AARP and SHRM. “AARP improves opportunities for older workers by spotlighting employers that have implemented programs that help retain, retrain, engage and recruit mature workers,” said Nancy McPherson, State Director, AARP Louisiana.…

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Added on Jun 13, 2013 | Filed Under: Press Release

New Orleans, LA –   Ochsner Health System today proudly announced two national re-accreditations by the American College of Surgeons. The Ochsner Cancer Institute again received three year accreditation by the Commission on Cancer and Ochsner’s Lieselotte Tansey Breast Center again was granted three year full accreditation by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers. "Our re-accreditations are a testament to our multidisciplinary approach, which includes the collaboration of our medical, surgical and radiation oncology teams as well as numerous ancillary services," said Richard Guthrie, MD,…

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Ochsner Nurse Recognized for Extraordinary Patient Care

Added on Jun 13, 2013 | Filed Under: Press Release

DAISY Foundation Honors Nursing’s Best

SLIDELL (June 5, 2013) – Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore in Slidell recently awarded Rebecca Eaton, RN with the DAISY Award in recognition of the outstanding patient care she provides.  Rebecca has been with the hospital for five years and works in the Med/Surg department.  She was nominated for the honor by a patient who said: “Becky went beyond her requirements when it came to make me more comfortable and helping me with ongoing issues I had post-surgery. She’s a wonderful nurse and a…

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Added on Jun 11, 2013 | Filed Under: General News

NEW ORLEANS – On Tuesday, June 4, 2013, Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank held the 1st Annual Primary Care Clinical Awards for its primary care staff. The selected honorees were nominated by their peers in a variety of categories that highlighted two areas: clinical and clerical and provider staff. Categories and winners include: Clerical and Clinical: Spirit of Excellence: Shantrelle Sterling, Patient Access Rep (clerical);  Sheila Ridgley, Medical Assistant (clinical) Captain EPIC: Sabrina Patin, Patient Access Team Lead (clerical); Renise Robinson, LPN (clinical) Ochsner…

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Added on Jun 11, 2013 | Filed Under: Press Release

NEW ORLEANS – With Father’s Day around the corner, there are many first-time fathers preparing for this life-changing event. Hearing those two words - “We’re pregnant!” – can trigger an emotional spiral that can result in odd responses and behavior.  “It’s common for expectant fathers to feel alienated during this joyous occasion,” says George “Jody” Morris, IV, MD, Vice-Chairman, Women’s Health, VPMA, Ochsner Baptist. “It’s important for dads realize that they play a critical role during pregnancy, delivery and after birth. Providing support and communicating…

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What to Expect When You’re Expecting During Hurricane Season

Added on Jun 04, 2013 | Filed Under: Press Release

Ochsner Obstetrician Offers Tips for Moms-to-Be

New Orleans, LA – With hurricane season upon us, pregnant women and families with small children need to take extra precautions to ensure that things go smoothly, whether evacuating or staying.  Making preparations now can spare a new mother from unnecessary worry during power outages and storm recovery later. Alfred Robichaux, M.D., Chairman, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ochsner Medical Center, offers the following tips for moms.  Plan an alternate birth location in the event of road problems or evacuation. If it’s close to your delivery date…

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Added on May 31, 2013 | Filed Under: General News

Slidell, LA --  On Tuesday, May 21st, Ochsner Medical Center – North Shore held a memorial service to dedicate a new Prayer Garden located on the hospital’s campus to honor six physicians who worked diligently their entire careers to care for others. The Prayer Garden features a stone with each physician’s name on it. Family members of Marvin E. Kendrick, MD (Pediatrician), James D. Sewell, MD, (OBGYN), Louis A. Polizzi, MD, (Family Medicine), William A. Bloom, Jr., MD, (Psychiatry), Peter H. Hertzak, MD, (OBGYN) and…

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DHH Encourages Smokers to “Talk With Your Doctor” for Help Quitting for Good

Added on May 31, 2013 | Filed Under: Press Release

Baton Rouge—The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are encouraging smokers to talk with their doctors about quitting smoking. The "Talk With Your Doctor" initiative is underway this week and part of CDC's national tobacco education campaign, Tips From Former Smokers, which not only tells the story of how real people's lives were changed forever due to their smoking or exposure to secondhand smoke, but also motivates people to quit. The campaign features a Louisiana…

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Ochsner Baton Rouge Boosts Patient Safety with Expanded Use of Capnography

Added on May 31, 2013 | Filed Under: Press Release

Respiratory Monitoring Helps to Protect Patients on Pain Medication

BATON ROUGE, La., May 30, 2013 - Ochsner Medical Center –Baton Rouge recently expanded its use of capnography to monitor patients using pain medication through patient controlled analgesia (PCA) to strengthen patient safety measures. Capnography evaluates how effectively patients are breathing by measuring exhaled carbon dioxide, alerting medical caregivers when life-threatening respiratory depression occurs. Respiratory depression is abnormally slow and shallow respiration, resulting in an increased level of carbon dioxide in the blood.  Capnography provides the earliest indication of evolving respiratory compromise, which can lead…

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