Ochsner Baptist Announces Opening of Phyllis M. and Patrick F. Taylor Auditorium
Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center is pleased to announce the opening of the Phyllis M. and Patrick F. Taylor Auditorium. The space, which has been vacant since sustaining damage in Hurricane Katrina, will be used for medical education, community events and celebrations. The Phyllis M. and Patrick F. Taylor Auditorium underwent extensive renovations thanks to a generous philanthropic investment from the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation and donations from the Ochsner Community.
The Phyllis M. and Patrick F. Taylor Auditorium features theater-style seating for up to 250, audiovisual capabilities and is equipped for people of varying abilities. The original auditorium opened in 1980s and served as a meeting space for physicians, hospital employees and community organizations.
During an opening celebration, Mrs. Phyllis Taylor, Chairman & President of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, Ochsner leaders and community members honored the legacy of the late Patrick F. Taylor and his contributions to the New Orleans community.
“Since Katrina, Ochsner Baptist has not had a venue where they could adequately conduct lectures, seminars or meetings. Due to the gracious generosity of the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation, the Phyllis M. and Patrick F. Taylor Auditorium provides them with an exceptional venue for all of their needs. And, just as importantly, this is in keeping with the mission of the Taylor Foundation to promote education and learning. This new facility will be an asset not only to Ochsner Baptist but also the entire community for years to come,” said Dr. Morrison Bethea, Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Trustee.
“The Phyllis M. and Patrick F. Taylor Auditorium will serve as a gathering place for celebrations, an educational resource and a community hub for our physicians, employees, patients and neighbors,” said Beth Walker, CEO, Ochsner Baptist. “We are invested in this community and are excited about the collaboration and opportunities that will be created in this beautiful new space.”
The opening of the Phyllis M. and Patrick F. Taylor Auditorium is one of many investments made to Ochsner Baptist’s campus and the surrounding community since the medical center joined Ochsner Health in 2006.
Ochsner Baptist Milestones:
- Over 16,000 babies have been born at the Ochsner Baptist Women’s Pavilion since it opened in 2013, and the Perkin Alternative Birthing Center at Baptist serves as the only hospital-based alternative birthing center in the region.
- In 2018, Ochsner Baptist and the Brees Dream Foundation partnered to raise funds for the Women’s Wellness and Survivorship Center, bringing much-needed support to women in our region facing unique health challenges at all stages of life.
- Ochsner opened the state’s first and only Mothers’ Milk Bank of Louisiana in 2018, which provides mothers’ milk to critically ill infants across Louisiana.
- Ochsner Baptist is also home to our new Functional Restoration Program, a proven, patient-centered program dedicated to improving quality of life for patients with chronic pain while combatting the region’s opioid epidemic.
For more information about the Phyllis M. and Patrick F. Taylor Auditorium, please contact 504.842.8014. For more information about Ochsner Baptist, please visit www.ochsner.org/baptist.
About Ochsner Health System
Ochsner Health is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 40 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and specialty hospitals, and more than 100 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the #1 ranked hospital in Louisiana by U.S. News & World Report and is recognized as a “Best Hospital” across two specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 70 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner Hospital for Children is the only facility in Louisiana to be recognized as a top 50 children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years. Ochsner employs nearly 25,000 employees and over 4,500 employed and affiliated physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts more than 700 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.