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Ochsner Among 37 Hospitals in America Nationally Ranked in 8 or More Specialties

Added on Jul 16, 2013 | Filed Under: Press Release

Ochsner Among 37 Hospitals in America Nationally Ranked in 8 or More Specialties

Named #1 in Louisiana by U.S. News & World Report

NEW ORLEANS - Ochsner Medical Center and Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank Campus* have been ranked among the best hospitals in the country in eight medical specialties, according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2013-14 Best Hospitals rankings. Only 37 hospitals in the country ranked in eight or more specialties. The rankings recognize hospitals that excel in treating the most challenging patients. This is the 13th time since 1996 Ochsner has been recognized as one of the Best Hospitals in America, and in the past three years,…

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OCHSNER NAMED A 2013 “MOST WIRED” HOSPITAL FOR 7TH TIME

Added on Jul 10, 2013 | Filed Under: Press Release

Most Wired Hospitals Demonstrate Progress Through Innovation

New Orleans, LA –  For the 7th time, Ochsner Health System remains the only New Orleans hospital to be singled out as one of the nation’s Most Wired, according to the results of the 2013 Health Care’s Most Wired survey released in the July Hospitals & Health Networks magazine, a publication of the American Hospital Association. This year marks the 15th anniversary of the survey. In the past 15 years, hospitals and health care systems have made great strides in establishing the basic building blocks…

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Ochsner Medical Center Invites Tweens to Attend “Your Changing Body”

Added on Jul 09, 2013 | Filed Under: Press Release

Understand your body and define a confident, ideal way every girl sees herself

Baton Rouge, LA – Ochsner Medical Center – Baton Rouge will hold a Tween seminar, “Your Changing Body,” for young women ages 10-14 years old that aims to help young women understand their changing bodies and how to care for them. Led by Dr. Erin Dauterive and Ochsner’s Certified Nurse Midwives, the seminar encourages young women to know their bodies, reject myths that impact their health, and inspire them to educate their peers. Tweens get many mixed messages about their bodies from their peers and…

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Salmen and Ochsner first on board for Rachel’s Challenge program

Added on Jul 09, 2013 | Filed Under: Press Release

When Principal Terri Wortman learned of a local group’s efforts to bring Rachel’s Challenge to all St. Tammany Parish Schools, she was quick to request a presentation at Salmen High School. The administrator already was familiar with the program, which utilizes student empowering techniques and strategies designed to combat bullying and allay feelings of isolation and despair by creating cultures of kindness and compassion, and she felt strongly that her students would benefit from the offering. Equally enthusiastic was Ochsner Medical Center - North Shore’s…

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OCHSNER BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT PROGRAM RECEIVES INTERNATIONAL ACCREDITATION

Added on Jul 05, 2013 | Filed Under: Press Release

Ochsner Has Only FACT-Accredited Site for Adults in Louisiana

New Orleans, LA –   The Ochsner Medical Center Leukemia, Blood and Marrow Transplantation Program has received internationally-recognized accreditation by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.  By demonstrating compliance with the FACT-JACIE International Standards for Cellular Therapy Product Collection, Processing and Administration, Ochsner Medical Center has earned FACT Accreditation for adult autologous hematopoietic progenitor cell transplantation; peripheral blood cellular therapy product collection; and cellular therapy product processing. Ochsner is the only FACT-accredited site for adults in…

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Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner Welcomes New Cardiologist to the Community

Added on Jul 03, 2013 | Filed Under: General News

NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner welcomes new cardiologist, David Liff, MD, to its staff. Dr. Liff earned his medical degree from Ohio State University School of Medicine. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine and Fellowship in Cardiology at Emory University Hospital System in Atlanta, GA and completed his Fellowship in Interventional Cardiology at North Shore University-Long Island Health System in New York. He is ABIM Certified in Cardiology and received COCAT Level 2 training in Nuclear Cardiology and Transthoracic/Transesophageal Exhocardiography. Dr.…

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Ochsner Welcomes STAR Program Class of 2013

Added on Jul 02, 2013 | Filed Under: Press Release

High School Students Explore Interests in Healthcare in Summer Science Program

NEW ORLEANS – Now in its 7th year, the Ochsner Community Outreach Division’s STAR Program has selected 16 Student Scholars for its unique and popular, high school science program featuring actual, hands-on research in a laboratory with medical scientists and rotations in nearly 40 departments throughout Ochsner Health System. The STAR program (Science, Technology, Academics and Research) is a free, educational summer camp specifically for high schools students throughout the state of Louisiana that seeks to support high school science curriculum through inquiry based research…

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OCHSNER KENNER OFFERS NEW WAY TO FREEZE AWAY ESOPHAGEAL CANCER

Added on Jul 01, 2013 | Filed Under: Press Release

Lastest truFreeze® Spray technology to help Louisianans

NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner is the first in Louisiana to provide truFreeze® spray cryotherapy for patients suffering from esophageal disease. This minimally invasive technology places a small catheter in a standard endoscope spraying extremely cold liquid nitrogen to vaporize targeted pre-cancerous tissue inside the esophagus. “This technology provides another option for patients suffering from esophageal cancer and Barrett’s esophagus who cannot have surgery,” said Virendra Joshi, MD, Gastroenterology, Ochsner Medical Center – Kenner. “By using spray cryotherapy, our patients have experienced…

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PUBLIC NOTICE - MAGNET RECOGNITION PROGRAM® SITE VISIT

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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OCHSNER HEALTH SYSTEM HONORED ON 2013 LIST OF BEST EMPLOYERS FOR WORKERS OVER 50

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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