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Ochsner Health Awarded the 2022 Morial Award for Corporation of the Year

Ochsner Health Awarded the 2022 Morial Award for Corporation of the Year

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana – The New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority and the Urban League of Louisiana recently award Ochsner Health with the 2022 Morial Award for Corporation of the Year.

The Morial Awards recognize a small business and a corporation that have demonstrated innovative growth and economic impact, as well as exceptional contributions to increasing diversity and creating equal opportunities for local communities and small business across the state of Louisiana.

“On behalf of the dedicated healthcare professionals at Ochsner, we are honored to be recognized for our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion with the Morial Corporation of the Year Award from the Convention Center,” said Deborah Grimes, chief diversity officer, Ochsner Health. “As we work collaboratively to build stronger communities and a healthy state, we know we cannot have excellence in healthcare without addressing health equity and health disparities. That’s why as an anchor institution, we are focused on supplier diversity, workforce development, education and community health initiatives.”

Ochsner Health has provided high-quality patient care to residents in the Gulf South for more than 80 years. Today, more than 37,000 employees and 4,700 employed and affiliated physicians are practicing more than 90 medical specialties and subspecialties in 46 hospitals and 370 health and urgent care centers across Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and the Gulf South. In 2022, Ochsner Health treated more than 1.4 million people from every state and 62 countries. With an increasing focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, Ochsner is working to deliver care that respects the individual and while also giving its team members an inclusive place to work.

“Given their powerful legacy of service to New Orleans, it was especially meaningful to stand on stage alongside the leadership of the Convention Center and the Urban League and members of the Morial family,” said Grimes.

The Morial Awards were established in 2020 to celebrate Mayor Ernest N. Morial’s legacy as a civil rights activist and political pioneer. Becoming New Orleans’ first black mayor in 1977, a position he held for two terms through 1986, Morial championed the Convention Center’s construction and positioned it to promote economic development, especially for local and diverse small businesses.

About Ochsner Health

Ochsner Health is the leading not-for-profit healthcare provider in the Gulf South, delivering expert care at its 46 hospitals and more than 370 health and urgent care centers. For 12 consecutive years, U.S. News & World Report has recognized Ochsner as the No. 1 hospital in Louisiana. Additionally, Ochsner Children’s has been recognized as the No. 1 hospital for kids in Louisiana for three consecutive years. Ochsner inspires healthier lives and stronger communities through a combination of standard-setting expertise, quality and connection not found anywhere else in the region. In 2023, Ochsner Health cared for more than 1.5 million people from every state in the nation and 65 countries. Ochsner’s workforce includes more than 38,000 dedicated team members and over 4,700 employed and affiliated physicians. To learn more about how Ochsner empowers people to get well and stay well, visit