NEW ORLEANS - Tomorrow, Tuesday, January 29, Ochsner Medical Center will host over 125 students from Jefferson Parish high schools at a Future Connections to Medical Careers Day event. Students will visit the 1514 Jefferson Hwy campus from 10:00am - 1:00pm as part of the Jefferson Parish School Board's yearly educational programs for students.
Students will rotate through the Radiology, Respiratory Therapy, Nuclear Medicine, Physical and Occupational Therapy and Hematology/Oncology departments. The conference is designed to connect high school students who are pursing medical careers to professionals in the healthcare industry with an interactive format.
Participating schools include Cullier Career Center, Riverdale High, John Ehret, Grace King and Bonnabel High. In 2007, Ochsner extended its adopted school program to Bonnabel High School in an effort to educate students about careers in healthcare.
Physicians and other Ochsner staff have visited Bonnabel High over the past school year to enhance what students are already learning through medical terminology and phlebotomy classes. In February, Vice President of Operations, at Ochsner Medical Center- Kenner, Eddy Ramirez, will visit the school to talk about steps to obtaining careers in healthcare.
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 seven hospitals, a sub-acute facility, and 33 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana. Ochsner employs over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts 450 clinical research trials annually. Ochsner was ranked one of the "Best Places to Work" by New Orleans CityBusiness in 2005, 2006 and 2007 and received the Consumer Choice for Healthcare in New Orleans for 12 consecutive years. Ochsner was ranked as "Best" Hospital by U.S. News and World Report in July 2007. Ochsner has over 10,000 employees system-wide.