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Ochsner Health designated 'WellSpot' by La. Dept. of Health

Program makes the healthy choice the easy choice

Ochsner Health has been designated a WellSpot by the Louisiana Department of Health, recognizing Ochsner’s commitment to making healthy choices easier. WellSpots are organizations or companies that have made small, sustainable changes toward improving health and wellness for their employees and community.

Well-Ahead Louisiana's WellSpot designation is the first voluntary designation program of its kind in the state, encouraging organizations and individuals to make small, healthy lifestyle changes in spaces where Louisiana residents spend most of their time. The WellSpot designation program began in 2014 and has designated WellSpots in every parish.

“With WellSpot, we are creating a culture of health and wellness at Ochsner,” says Dr. Yvens Laborde, MD, Ochsner chief community medical officer. “We find that many people want to make healthy choices, but they don’t always have those options in places like work or school. WellSpot is crucial because it encourages organizations to provide healthier choices. Even small changes in a community can add up quickly.”

Ochsner’s WellSpot designation is based on numerous benchmarks and programs benefiting employees and the wider community, including:

  • Ochsner Eat Fit, which provides easy-to-access, real-world education on wellness and nutrition
  • Serving as a statewide leader on a tobacco-free policy and smoking cessation
  • Comprehensive worksite wellness
  • Breastfeeding friendly policies
  • Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
  • Chronic disease prevention screening
  • Healthy menus for cafeterias
  • Community-based obesity prevention

Additional benchmarks include culturally and linguistically appropriate services, diabetes self-management education, team-based care implementation and designation under the state's Gift program for improving breastfeeding rates at birthing facilities.

Ochsner also created Healthy State, a bold partnership with other healthcare organizations, businesses, churches, schools, community groups and state and local governments, with the goal of a healthier Louisiana and greater healthcare access for all residents.

For more information on the Well-Ahead and the WellSpot designation initiative and resources available, please visit


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