Ochsner joins New Orleans College Football Championship Host Committee as title sponsor of volunteer program

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Ochsner to provide key healthcare services during Championship weekend

NEW ORLEANS – The New Orleans College Football Championship Host Committee (NOCFCHC) has named Ochsner Health System (Ochsner) its Official Healthcare Provider and the title sponsor for its volunteer programs. The 2020 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship will feature a weekend full of fan-friendly events culminating with the CFP National Championship game at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Monday, January 13.

“Ochsner is a leader in the New Orleans community and we’re proud to partner with them in our efforts to host the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship,” said Jeff Hundley, the executive director of the NOCFCHC. “Ochsner’s expertise assures that we will have first-class medical and first aid stations at all CFP events, and its backing for our volunteer program will enhance the experience for the more than 100,000 visitors expected for this tremendous series of events.”

As the Official Healthcare Provider of the New Orleans CFP National Championship Host Committee, Ochsner will have medical and first aid stations across all CFP event locations, including the Playoff Fan Central at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the Allstate Championship Tailgate Plaza at Jax Brewery and the AT&T Playoff Playlist Live concert series at Woldenberg Park. Ochsner medical volunteers, including physicians, nurses and medical students, will staff these stations throughout championship weekend.

The Ochsner volunteer program will be a critical component to New Orleans’ hosting of the CFP National Championship. Thousands of volunteers will fulfill various ambassador roles throughout the city at various events and locations, including Downtown New Orleans, Louis Armstrong International Airport, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and the New Orleans Riverfront. More than 100,000 visitors from across the country are expected to attend a full menu of events for fans during the weekend of the title game.

Individuals interested in being a part of the Ochsner Health System Volunteer Program can register by visiting 2020nola.com/volunteer or by contacting the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation at (504) 207-VOLS (8657). Official volunteer training sessions will take place Saturday, November 16 and Tuesday, November 19 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and volunteers are asked to commit to at least two volunteer shifts (approximately four hours each) during the championship weekend.

In addition to the championship football game, volunteers will play a vital role in the successful staging of the following events:

  • AT&T Playoff Playlist Live (January 11 – 12, Woldenberg Park) – a free concert series featuring major recording artists
  • Playoff Fan Central (January 11 – 13, Ernest N. Morial Convention Center) – a free interactive fan festival
  • Allstate Championship Tailgate Plaza (January 11 – 13, Jax Brewery Parking Lot) – experience extreme tailgating at ESPN’s New Orleans home for live broadcasts throughout national championship weekend and a free concert on game day.
  • CFP Media Day (January 11, Xavier Convocation Center) – fans can watch and listen to official media day activities with the two participating teams
  • Extra Yard 5K (January 12, Lafayette Square) – a 5K road race with proceeds benefiting teachers
  • Eckrich Taste of the Championship presented by Thrillist (January 12, Mardi Gras World) – a ticketed event featuring samplings from top New Orleans restaurants

“Ochsner is a proud supporter of community partners, organizations and events that make New Orleans the best city in the world to live, visit and work,” said David Gaines, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and CEO of System Retail Services, Ochsner Health System. “Our partnership with the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and the New Orleans College Football Championship Host Committee is a natural extension of the spirit of community service that is a cornerstone of Ochsner and its employees. We’re honored to participate in these exciting events through volunteer support and onsite healthcare services.”

The Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation worked closely with entities across the city and state to construct the bid for hosting the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship Game. Other entities in support of the bid included ASM Global, the management company of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the New Orleans Saints, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans & Company and the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation, as well as multiple government agencies on the state and local level.

For more information about Ochsner Health System, please visit www.ochsner.org. For more information about the events or to volunteer, please visit 2020Nola.com.

About Ochsner Health System
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 40 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and specialty hospitals, and more than 100 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the #1 ranked hospital in Louisiana by U.S. News & World Report and is recognized as a “Best Hospital” across two specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 70 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner Hospital for Children is the only facility in Louisiana to be recognized as a top 50 children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years. Ochsner employs nearly 25,000 employees and over 4,500 employed and affiliated physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties and conducts more than 700 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

 About the New Orleans College Football Championship Host Committee
The NOCFNCHC, led by the Allstate Sugar Bowl and the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, works with the CFP to promote, organize and execute the 2020 CFP National Championship and its related events. Other entities in support of the bid included SMG, the management company of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, the New Orleans Saints, the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, the New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau and the New Orleans Tourism and Marketing Corporation, as well as multiple government agencies on the state and local level. For more information, visit 2020Nola.com.

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