NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Health System was recently recognized by New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu at the Corporate Citizenship Awards, a celebration recognizing local and national businesses who are working to create real job opportunities for the city’s disadvantaged job seekers.

Accepting on behalf of Ochsner, Warner Thomas, President and CEO of Ochsner Health System, was presented with the “Chief Executive of Opportunity” award for Ochsner’s role in creating new economic pathways and going above and beyond to impact lives of the disadvantaged population of New Orleans. He was presented with a key for “unlocking” a new area of economic opportunity in New Orleans.

“As a national and global destination healthcare system and the state’s largest private employer, we are aware of the impact we can have in increasing meaningful employment opportunities for the people of our city and the region,” said Thomas. “We have a remarkable team who has initiated and developed successful training programs for medical assistants, medical students and allied health professionals, enabling us to better serve our communities. Ochsner strongly supports Mayor Landrieu’s Workforce Initiative, and we are committed to being a good corporate citizen as part of the change to partner in developing solutions like these."

As part of the organization’s commitment to expanding employment opportunities, Ochsner established a Workforce Development Department that works on initiatives designed to provide new opportunities to the unemployed and underemployed of the Greater New Orleans area.

One example of the initiatives that Ochsner’s Workforce Development Department has helped to create is the Ochsner Medical Assistant Training Program, in partnership with the Louisiana Workforce Commission. This four-month program features accelerated classroom, clinical and on-the-job training and addresses both the need for certified Medical Assistants (MAs) and the need to build additional career pathways. Since its inception, more than 100 individuals have completed the program and 94 percent are still part of the Ochsner team today. Additionally, more than 400 Ochsner employees have received additional MA training to further develop their skills and increase their scope of practice.

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Ochsner Health System 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 30 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 60 health centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across three specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 17,000 employees and over 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 600 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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