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Ochsner Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Visit our interactive timeline for a look at our rich history – and where the future is taking us.

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Donations & Philanthropy

Over its nearly 75-year history, Ochsner Health System has created a legacy of caring for patients as whole people rather than just symptoms to treat. It is because of our generous donors and our committed volunteers that we can succeed in our mission to serve, heal, lead, educate and innovate. You are providing cutting-edge, high quality care for our patients, their caregivers and their families. Thank you for being a critical part of our history and an integral part of our future.


Each year, hundreds of volunteers donate thousands of hours to Ochsner patients and their families, staff and programs. From greeting visitors in the lobby to delivering mail to patients to entering data and answering phones, Ochsner volunteers give back in many ways, contributing their distinctive skills and strengths to help Ochsner maintain high standards of excellence in patient care. 

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Ochsner is one of the largest independent academic health systems in the U.S. and Louisiana’s largest not-for-profit health system. Ochsner was named one of America’s best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report. This is possible only because our contributors’ generosity empowers Ochsner to pursue research, education and innovations in patient care and treatment that set us apart and enable us to advance healthcare for the good of our patients, our community and beyond.

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Host a Community Event

Did you know that you can host your own event to raise funds for the area of Ochsner that you are most passionate about? When you decide to host your own event, you are the driving force behind advances in patient care and treatment options for patients throughout the region.

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Make a Planned Gift

Donors who want to make a difference, but are not able to make a financial donation now, often choose to make a planned gift. Planned gifts ensure Ochsner's future, offer great tax benefits and can sometimes result in income for the donor.

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Employee Giving

The physicians and employees of Ochsner are committed to the mission and vision of our founders to provide the highest quality health care to patients and their families, and they show their commitment by annually investing in saving and changing lives. Employee Giving provides support for the programs across Ochsner Health System, touching patients and employees across the Gulf South.

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Special Events

Join Ochsner at our special events through the year. 

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Give Blood

Volunteer blood donors provide all of the blood supply for transfusions throughout the U.S. Every five seconds, donor blood is used to save the lives of babies, leukemia patients, burn victims, trauma patients and so many more. Your blood donation makes the difference.

Upcoming Blood Drives

Organ Donation

More than 121,000 men, women and children are on the national transplant waiting list. You can help save and enhance the lives of these people. Together we transform lives.

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