Local Transplant Recipients To Compete In 2016 Transplant Games

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Team Louisiana, Ochsner Medical Center and Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency (LOPA) will celebrate the countdown to the 2016 Transplant Games at Ochsner Medical Center, 1514 Jefferson Highway, at 11:00 a.m.

         Led by The Gentilly Brass Band, members of Team Louisiana, a group comprised of nearly 35 post-transplant recipients, living donors, and donor families from across the state and surrounding areas, will be “Second Lining to the Signing” around the hospital to the official “Games” flag signing ceremony. Similar to the passing of the Olympic torch, the flag will continue its journey across the country for signatures from the more than 40 participating teams. The flag will return to Houston, TX, where it will fly over BBVA Compass Stadium during the Opening Ceremonies of the Games.

         Team Louisiana is scheduled to compete at The Transplant Games of America®. This biennial, Olympic-style, national competition, held in Cleveland, OH, June 10-13, recognizes the tremendous accomplishments of individuals whose lives have been affected by organ donation in some way.

         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 28 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 six 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 1,000 clinical research studies.

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