Ochsner Health is a system that delivers health to the people of Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf South with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate.
Monroe, La -- Ochsner LSU Health donated 1,500 cloth masks to Monroe City Schools and have provided “Mask On” signs for school property. The organizations are joining together to promote the health and safety of Monroe school students, teachers and staff by limiting the spread of the COVID-19 virus and encouraging compliance with masks guidelines.
“At Ochsner LSU Health, our commitment to health and wellness starts long before someone steps into our hospital. We want to keep the community healthy and right now wearing a mask is one of the most important things someone can do to stop the spread of COVID-19. We are helping provide resources to our schools because the ability for children to be able to attend school, learn and socialize in person, when it is safe, is important to many families in our community,” said Mark Randolph, CEO – Monroe, Ochsner LSU Health.
Ochsner LSU Health is also donating clear window masks for speech language and therapy providers in schools, administrators frequently interacting with deaf and hard of hearing students, PreK -- 2nd grade teachers to better teach phonics, and foreign language and special education teachers.
“First of all, on behalf of my board I want to thank Ochsner LSU for the donation of the masks for our students. The best thing is that these masks fit, as we have every size student in our buildings, from pre-K all the way up to 7th grade. The size of the masks is important because they need to fit well to prevent and stop flow of disease,” Dr. Brent Vidrine, Monroe City Schools Superintendent commented regarding the pediatric and adult size cloth masks donated by Ochsner LSU Health.
For more information about Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport go to www.ochsnerlsuhs.org.
On Oct. 1, 2018, Ochsner Health (Ochsner) and LSU Health Shreveport jointly formed Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport to oversee and coordinate activities between the health sciences center and the healthcare delivery system in Shreveport and Monroe, La. Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport is a public-private partnership with a vision to improve health and well-being of its communities, access to care, quality, and facilities, expand patient-centered technology, grow the medical school, and enhance research in North Louisiana by building on the strengths of Ochsner and LSU Health Shreveport. Under the new structure, Ochsner brings their nationally-recognized expertise to the management of operations for partner hospitals in Shreveport and Monroe, clinics and the clinical activity of the LSUHS Faculty Group. LSU will continue to successfully oversee the LSUHS School of Medicine, School of Allied Health Professions, School of Graduate Studies, Graduate Medical Education, and research initiatives.
Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport is a three-hospital system that includes North Louisiana’s only Level 1 Trauma Center at its 452-bed hospital and its St. Mary Medical Center in Shreveport, La. The organization also operates the Monroe Medical Center, a 244-bed hospital in Monroe, La. With more than 4,000 employees and the Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Physician Group of approximately 500 physicians, Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport serves more than 140,000 patients with more than 625,000 visits annually.