Ochsner Health Invests $20M in Delgado Program
NEW ORLEANS – Ochsner Health and Delgado Community College have announced a new partnership to train the next generation of nurses and allied health professionals in Louisiana. The Ochsner Delgado School of Nursing and Allied Health hopes to meet critical workforce demands while providing opportunities for locals to thrive in high-wage careers.
Ochsner is committing $20 million to expand Delgado’s nursing and allied health education through its Ochsner Scholars program, which was announced last year as part of Ochsner’s 10-year vision to build a healthier state.
Half of Ochsner’s contribution will be used to develop a new building that will house the school’s Allied Health Division and Charity School of Nursing programs. The project is slated to break ground in the spring and open for classes in 2023.
The other half will be used to cover full-time tuition for Ochsner employees to pursue degrees and credentials in nursing and allied health programs at Delgado. Additionally, two adjunct faculty members from Ochsner will augment the programs beginning this fall.
“The events of recent months have increased awareness regarding the necessity for a well-trained, dedicated healthcare workforce in the city, region and state,” said Larissa Littleton-Steib, Delgado chancellor. “For many decades, Delgado’s Charity School of Nursing and our Division of Allied Health have provided outstanding education for students seeking to do meaningful, rewarding work as healthcare professionals. Ochsner is an innovative, future-focused organization, and we are pleased to be partners, working side-by-side to advance healthcare education and improve the lives of those we serve.”