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Who We Are

Ochsner CEO talking to children at Discovery School

"Each of us has a purpose. It’s the reason we get up in the morning and what matters most to us. My personal purpose starts with my family, and I feel a strong calling to make the Gulf South a better place for the next generation. I owe so many of my opportunities to the support I received, and I feel a great responsibility to give back right here at home in Louisiana. At Ochsner Health, we have a clear purpose, a True North, that unites us all: to serve and heal others and to make our communities stronger and healthier. We all play a vital role in fulfilling this shared purpose. We know we are at our best when we are together and part of something bigger than ourselves. And we are lifting the next generation by investing in healthcare today, and our future tomorrow." --Pete November, CEO, Ochsner Health

Community Purpose in Action

Inclusive Playgrounds in Lafayette

Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center is committed to creating healthier and more inclusive environments. Its partnerships with Moncus Park and Downtown Lafayette’s Playground at Parc Sans Souci are testaments to this dedication.

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Son of a Saint

In 2020, Ochsner Health teamed up with Son of a Saint to open an all-inclusive home and headquarters for the nonprofit, which creates positive support systems for fatherless boys in New Orleans. Through its network, Son of a Saint provides tutoring, mental health services and more to boys ages 10 to 18.

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Read our latest community benefit report: Ochsner Health Community Benefit Report

Uncovering Our Communities’ Greatest Health Needs

Community input in Ochsner’s Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) process allowed us to determine which significant health needs should be prioritized in our Community Health Improvement Planning process.

These high-priority needs include:
1. Access to and continuity of care
2. Health equity and discrimination in healthcare
3. Education and health literacy
4. Mental and behavioral health
5. Poverty and economic opportunity

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Investing in Our Communities

Ochsner’s community benefit represented 6.18% of 2023 total expenses, strengthening our dedication to fostering healthier communities and advancing health equity across the Gulf South. These figures include reporting from Ochsner Clinic Foundation and Ochsner Lafayette General.

$366.2 million in Community Benefits:
$10.9 million
| Community Health Improvement Services
$5.9 million | Cash and In-Kind Donations
$17.6 million | Research
$8.5 million | Health Professions Education
$52.1 million | Financial Assistance at Cost
$271.3 million | Medicaid and Subsidized Health Services

Read our latest Community Benefit Report.

$366.2 million in community benefit

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Impacting the Well-Being of Our Communities