Ochsner Offers Employees Spanish Language ClassesNEW ORLEANS, LA The Hispanic population in the city of New Orleans has grown from three percent before Katrina to 12 percent currently. And, that number is expected to rise. Many of these new residents dont speak English and require translation services, particularly when it comes to receiving healthcare. In light of this growing trend, Ochsner Health System has taken proactive steps by offering its employees courses to learn Spanish to better communicate and serve the Latino community. Ochsner is offering courses to our employees to meet the medical needs of our citys growing Hispanic population, explains Anna Hans, Director of International Affairs at Ochsner. We are seeing a spike in Hispanic patients post-storm, and with that, a demand for multi-lingual employees and staff who can serve better this patient population. Ochsners Spanish Classes for employees is hosted by its International Affairs Office, which will teach staff how to discuss medical terminology in Spanish. This class is specifically for employees with patient interaction and in need of learning the basics of Spanish. The eight-week class is limited to 15 people, and the January 17th class is booked. Ochsner Health System (www.ochsner.org) is a non-profit, academic, multi-specialty, healthcare delivery system dedicated to patient care, research and education. The system includes a total of seven hospitals, a sub-acute facility, and 25 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana. Through our unique coordinated system, Ochsner provides healthcare with peace of mind because we put the needs of all patients first. Ochsner employs over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts over 750 ongoing clinical research trials annually. Ochsner was ranked #1Best Place to Work by New Orleans CityBusiness Magazine in 2005 and 2006 and received the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 12 consecutive years.