NEW ORLEANS - The Ochsner Adopted School Program has allowed employees of Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank to develop a special relationship with George Cox Elementary. This Friday, April 11, at 9:00 a.m., Ochsner staff will begin a day of pruning and planting in the school's courtyard, which is just the beginning of a larger beautification project for this school.
"We hope to make the area into a sanctuary for outdoor reading for the students of George Cox," said Timothy Hewitt, Vice President of Operations, Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank. "Our staff has spent the last year participating in a tutoring program that helps these students learn how to read, and improving the outdoor reading area seems to make our partnership come full circle."
During the first phase of this project, Ochsner employees, under the guidance of a landscape specialist, will plant a host of spring flowers, including lantana and impatiens. In the years to come, Ochsner hopes to further develop the courtyard into an outdoor haven for young readers.
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 and 33 health centers located throughout Southeast Louisiana. Ochsner employs over 600 physicians in 80 medical specialties and subspecialties and 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.