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Then and Now: Ochsner’s Journey Since Hurricane Katrina

Aerial view of Ochsner after Katrina

Aerial view of Ochsner after Katrina

August 2005: Aerial view of Ochsner Medical Center after Katrina.
Flooding around Ochsner

Flooding around Ochsner

August 2005: The parking lot and roads surrounding the pediatrics ambulatory building -- just across the street from Ochsner Medical Center --were covered with water during the days after Katrina.
National Guard Assistance

National Guard Assistance

August 2005: National Guard discusses plans with Ochsner’s Chief Operating Officer, Warner Thomas.
Ochsner Mobile Army Surgical Hospital

Ochsner Mobile Army Surgical Hospital

August 2005: Ochsner set up a MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) and staged supplies for transport to the hospital at the FEMA staging area at the intersection of Interstate 10 and Causeway Blvd.
Ochsner’s Flight Care Team Transfers Patient

Ochsner’s Flight Care Team Transfers Patient

2005: Ochsner's Flight Care Team worked tirelessly to transfer patients to and from the hospital.
Ochsner Employees Assisting the Community

Ochsner Employees Assisting the Community

2005: Ochsner's Employee Relief Fund provided housing assistance for the thousands of employees who sustained damage to their homes. Despite the loss experienced by many Ochsner employees, many stayed during and after the storm to assist patients and the community. Pictured are Ochsner employee volunteers assisting to help rebuild after the storm.
Donations from across the nation

Donations from across the nation

Ochsner received many donations from hospitals and churches around the country. Ochmart was created as a place where employees could come "shop" for whatever they needed, from toothpaste and underwear to full outfits, towels and blankets.
Ochsner Open for Business

Ochsner Open for Business

Ochsner Health System, then a single hospital, was one of only three hospitals to remain fully operational during and post-Katrina.
Welcome Back New Orleans

Welcome Back New Orleans

“Welcome Back New Orleans” billboard from 2005.

The Ochsner Clinic Foundation was founded in 1942 by five visionary physicians. Over the past 70-plus years, Ochsner has continued to set milestones in healthcare history.

In 2005, under the leadership of CEO Dr. Patrick Quinlan and President and COO Warner Thomas, Ochsner and its more than 7,000 employees and 600 physicians stood firm against a storm, Hurricane Katrina, which would change the city of New Orleans and the Gulf South region forever.

As we pause to remember and reflect on the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, take a step back in history and  view milestones and moments at Ochsner and in New Orleans that have taken place from August 29, 2005 through today.

View the interactive online timeline pictures and videos of “Ochsner: Then and Now.