Dr. Ochsner’s Creed

Ochsner’s founder, Dr. Alton Ochsner, made many contributions to medicine and surgery, but he will always be remembered for exposing the hazards of tobacco and its link to lung cancer.  He was the first anti-smoking crusader.  Ochsner’s tobacco-free initiative is thus called Living the Legacy to remind us of this history and to inspire us in challenging times.

  • Develop to the utmost one’s God-given talents.
  • Utilize every waking moment to improve one’s self – spiritually, educationally, and physically.
  • Be honest with yourself and with others.
  • Be loyal. Loyalty is one of the finest of all attributes and it is found so infrequently.
  • Leisure, although beneficial, is too frequently abused because of the inability to utilize it in a beneficial manner. Such instances cause waste and may result in detrimental excesses, such as alcoholism and boredom. Mental activity delays deterioration of the mind, much as physical activity prevents muscular atrophy.
  • Develop and maintain a positive attitude. Determination and industriousness result in unexpected positive results. Live every moment, minute, hour, and day to the fullest. Strive to make each day better than the previous one. Life is not eternal and every moment is so precious; none should be wasted.