Ochsner Health is a system that delivers health to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf South with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate.
Ochsner Health’s Office of Sustainability has launched practices across the health system to reduce waste and energy consumption, promote resiliency and create a culture of environmental stewardship.
In 2022, shredded paper was hauled to a mill in Natchez for reuse. This saved 14,000 trees and 3.6 million gallons of water. Cardboard balers have enabled us to divert over 800,000 pounds of waste for reprocessing.
Medical technology companies Stryker, Cardinal Health and Innovative Health collect supplies like EKG leads and compression sleeves for reprocessing (sanitation and reuse). This saved $1.1 million and 9,700 pounds of waste in 2022.
Over the last four years, laptop recycling has generated an average of $130,000 per year to fund new equipment.
Kenner Discovery Community Garden
Ochsner and Kenner Discovery Health Sciences Academy teamed up to revitalize a community garden. Children attending the school can now learn about growing food, composting, cooking garden-grown food and healthy eating.
SafeSource Direct creates a more resilient, local supply chain and will reduce carbon emissions from international shipping. Ochsner has partnered with Trax Development to manufacture high-quality personal protective equipment through SafeSource Direct here in Louisiana. This will create a total of more than 2,200 new high-wage jobs, and eliminate lag times, uncertainty and cost associated with dependence on other countries for personal protective equipment.
Our sustainability efforts thrive through partnerships like the one we have with Bernhard – a landmark, first-of-its-kind energy asset concession arrangement. The Bernhard partnership has enhanced resiliency, reduced energy consumption and saved costs at select Ochsner campuses. The project has generated an annual energy savings of $2.6 million.