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Ochsner Chief Clinical Transformation Officer Comments on the Future of Healthcare

Ochsner Health Taps AI For Patient Messaging Pilot

Healthleaders | Sep 19, 2023

Ochsner Health this month is launching a pilot program that uses artificial intelligence to send "simple messages" to patients through its MyOchsner app portal.


Dr Veronica Gillispie-Bell on Maternal Health Care: We Cannot Have Quality Without Equity

AJMC | Sep 12, 2023

A recent study published by the CDC found 20% of mothers with children under the age of 18 reported mistreatment while receiving maternity care for their youngest child. The rate increased to approximately 30% when looking at the reports of Black, Hispanic, and multiracial respondents as well as those with public insurance or no insurance.


Remote patient monitoring can tackle physician burnout, Ochsner says

Becker's Hospital Review | Sep 11, 2023

Remote-patient monitoring can help with physician burnout, as it can unload some of their day-to-day tasks, Richard Milani, MD, chief clinical transformation officer at Ochsner Health, told the AMA on Sept. 8.

The New Orleans-based health system has been using two different types of remote patient monitoring to help its staff.

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From CEO to CNO: 5 Qs with Ochsner's new chief nursing officer

Becker's Hospital Review | Sep 11, 2023

Tiffany Murdock, DNP, MSN, has a well-rounded background in healthcare, starting her career as a nurse tech. In the nearly 20 years since, she's served in numerous leadership roles, including as the first female CEO of Singing River Health System in Ocean Springs, Miss.

In late August, she stepped into her new role as vice president and chief nursing officer of Ochsner Health — a role in which she'll lead the strategy and direction for more than 9,000 nurses at the New Orleans-based system.

Becker's recently caught up with Dr. Murdock to learn more about what prompted her to make the move from CEO to CNO, immediate priorities in the new role and more.

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Ochsner Health takes next step on fall prevention with remote tech

American Medical Association | Sep 8, 2023

Falls lead to 32,000 deaths annually among older U.S. adults. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that one American senior falls every second.

While hospitals have long employed a number of measures designed to prevent falls among inpatients, Louisiana-based Ochsner Health is working to reduce this deadly toll through remote-patient monitoring programs that track falls among older adults wherever they are.

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Evidence-based course helps Ochsner physician leaders tackle wellness

Becker's Hospital Review | Aug 24, 2023

Nigel Girgrah, MD, PhD, chief wellness officer of New Orleans-based Ochsner Health, understands the value of developing wellness programs to promote a healthy and productive workforce.

Without a healthy and productive workforce, hospitals and health systems risk jeopardizing their care quality and financial picture, Dr. Girgrah told Becker's.

Burnout is often part of healthcare discussions around employees and their well-being. A 2021 cross-sectional survey published June 7 in JAMA found that improving care delivery, patient safety and nurse staffing are key issues nurses and physicians say management can take to improve burnout. Dr. Girgrah said wellness programs also play a part and help gauge employee engagement and how those clinicians are feeling.

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Ochsner Rush Health makes donation to Lauderdale County Schools

WTOK | Aug 24, 2023

MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Ochsner Rush Health donated more than 200 STEM kits to Southeast Elementary and Northeast Elementary.

Each school received more than 100 of the ambulance building kits. The kits were put together by Ochsner Rush employees from throughout the region.

This is the first year for all LCSD elementary students to take computer science where they will use these kits.


Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans named best in Louisiana amid numerous other accolades for health system | Aug 22, 2023

OMC includes Ochsner Medical Center – West Bank and Ochsner Baptist. In addition to its state ranking, the publication also named it the No. 1 hospital in the New Orleans metro area. Its Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialty ranked No. 42 in the nation, while its gastroenterology and GI surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, and pulmonology and lung surgery services all ranked in the top 10 percent in the nation. OMC was also recognized for its elite quality in procedures and conditions in areas including aortic valve surgery, colon cancer surgery, diabetes, kidney failure, hip and knee replacements, leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, lung cancer surgery, stroke and more.


National Institution of Health grants $16.5 million for research on Louisiana maternal mortality rates

WGNO | Aug 18, 2023

The National Institutes of Health awarded Tulane University, Ochsner Health and nonprofit RH Impact a seven-year grant for the establishment of a research center focused on Louisiana’s disproportionately high maternal mortality rate.

The NIH gave $16.5 million to fund their initiative, IMPROVE, which stands for “Implementing a Maternal Health and Pregnancy Outcomes Vision for Everyone.” The money will also be used to erect one of the 10 national Maternal Health Research Centers of Excellence.


Two local clinics join Ochsner Rush Health

Meridian Star | Aug 14, 2023

Two Meridian primary care clinics, Clarkdale Clinic and Southeast Clinic, have joined Ochsner Rush Health. The clinics will continue services at their existing locations. Ochsner Rush Health is part of Ochsner Health, the largest health system in the Gulf South, and has been serving the Meridian community for over 100 years.