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Ochsner Health Named One of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity by Newsweek for the Second Consecutive Year

Ochsner Health Named One of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity by Newsweek for the Second Consecutive Year

NEW ORLEANS, La Newsweek and Plant-A Insights Group, a market data research firm, named Ochsner Health one of America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity in 2024. This is the second consecutive year Ochsner Health has received this recognition.

“At Ochsner Health, we live our values of putting patients first by acting with integrity, compassion, inclusivity, and teamwork, thereby creating a more equitable place to work and receive care. Our goal is not only excellence through high-quality care but also continuing a culture of belonging for our patients and our employees,” said Deborah Grimes, senior vice president and chief diversity officer at Ochsner Health. “It is an honor to be included again as one of America’s Greatest Workplace for Diversity by Newsweek.”

The Newsweek survey of over 220,000+ individuals included representation at more than 1.5 million companies in America. Ochsner earned 5 out of 5 stars on the large company category score list.

Newsweek utilized a scoring process to determine the most diverse companies. It involved a thorough examination of publicly available data, interviews with HR professionals and an anonymous online survey conducted among a diverse group of employees at companies in the U.S. Respondents shared insights into corporate culture, working environments and other aspects of their own companies and other familiar companies. Winning companies represent 78 industries, including large companies with more than 5,000 employees and mid-size companies with more than 1,000 employees but fewer than 5,000.

“Diversity, equity and inclusion are a part of who we are at Ochsner Health. Celebrating what makes every culture and person unique is important to creating an inclusive place to work and receive care," Tracey Schiro, executive vice president, chief people and culture officer, Ochsner Health. "We continue to work together to enhance our established programs, best practices, and resources for diversity, equity, and inclusion, making Ochsner a great place to work for all.”

Some of the diversity initiatives underway at Ochsner:

  • A Chief Diversity Officer whose role focuses on developing policies and practices that promote focused attention to diversity and inclusion matters, including recruitment, retention, workforce planning and career development.
  • A team of diversity & inclusion leaders who work collaboratively with local and system-level Ochsner leaders to foster a supportive environment, connecting and aligning those teams with Ochsner’s system-wide efforts.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) councils representing employees in every region and in key roles.
  • Resource groups representing key interests across the organization. Ochsner Resource Groups are voluntary, employee-led groups that focus on the patient experience, community outreach, mentoring, recruitment and education. Each group is open to all Ochsner employees, no matter their identity.
  • Ochsner strives to have a diverse leadership team and create an inclusive environment for employees, families and patients, partner with the community and include Ochsner’s supply chain partners in its diversity and inclusion work.
  • Ochsner offers workforce training programs to help unemployed and underemployed find meaningful careers in healthcare.
  • Ochsner hosts an annual HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) Healthcare Careers Summit for aspiring healthcare professionals in a different region of Louisiana each year.
  • Ochsner works within and across communities to emphasize the need to reduce disparate health outcomes and improve healthcare equity for all Ochsner patients.
  • Ochsner provides diverse team members with one-on-one mentoring with senior leaders at Ochsner through the Momentum program.
  • Ochsner launched an update to Workday that allows employees to self-identify in new areas, including ethnicity, race, veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, and disability status.
  • In Epic, Ochsner clinicians are able to better track patients' sex, gender identity, chosen name and pronouns. Personalized care allows for better support, resulting in better outcomes.

“Diversity is a widely discussed topic – and it remains a crucial factor as people look for an employer or a business partner. Newsweek and market-data research firm Plant-A Insights are proud to introduce “America’s Greatest Workplaces for Diversity 2024,” highlighting companies that are committed to offering diverse and inclusive work environment,” said Nancy Cooper, global editor in chief, Newsweek.

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About Ochsner Health

Ochsner Health is the leading nonprofit 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 https://www.ochsner.org/.