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As an employee of Ochsner Lafayette General, I believe that there is no higher responsibility than to provide and ensure high quality and a caring environment for our patients, customers and coworkers. I know that I am only one person, but I also know that it only takes one person to make a difference, either positive or negative. When I choose to work within this system, I am choosing to embrace the following SERVICE standards and behavioral values in order to promote the mission and vision of our system. I will be both committed to and accountable for demonstrating supportiveness, etiquette, respect, vibrancy, integrity, communication and excellence in service delivery by adhering to the behaviors specified in this document.


  • I will welcome new employees to the system and serve as a mentor when appropriate.
  • I will be a team player and work collaboratively to help others, including those outside of my department. I will avoid using the phrase, "That’s not my job/patient/department."


  • I will use proper phone etiquette by identifying myself and the department, followed by a pleasant greeting.
  • I will follow the 10/5 rule: acknowledging the person at 10 feet away with a smile, saying "hello” at 5 feet away.
  • I will allow patients, customers and guests on and off elevators or through doorways first.
  • I will help lost guests and new employees by escorting them to their destination instead of just pointing. 


  • I will dress to reflect respect and professionalism by wearing clothes that are clean, neat and in good repair. (Policy V-D4)
  • I will respect dignity and diversity. I will knock before entering patient rooms and cover patients being transported.


  • I will make a conscious decision to have a positive, willing and flexible attitude each day.
  • I will embrace change by contributing, being open to new ideas and approaches. Further, I will avoid using phrases like, "But that’s how we’ve always done it.”
  • I will promote a nurturing, healing and safe physical environment by removing clutter, ensuring cleanliness and keeping equipment in working order. I will report any damaged equipment or unsafe situations immediately.


  • I will ensure the privacy and validity of all medical records, correspondence and confidential conversations.
  • I will proactively seek opportunities for continued growth and development. I will accept coaching as part of a supportive culture.
  • I will be fiscally responsible by not wasting hospital time, resources or equipment.
  • I will A.C.T. (Acknowledge, Correct, Thank) when faced with a complaint or service recovery opportunity. (Policy II-U)


  • I will use AIDET always. 
    • (Acknowledge) I will make eye contact, smile, promptly acknowledge those that approach me and use names. 
    • (Introduce) I will wear my name badge on the upper, front part of my body and verbalize who I am and what I do. 
    • (Introduce) I will promote confidence in the health system by managing up our team and hospital. 
    • (Duration) I will provide time frames for follow-up/next steps in service and updates when necessary. 
    • (Explanation) I will actively listen and explain things in a way people can understand. 
    • (Thank) I will recognize, praise and thank our patients and team. 
  • I will take the time to read hospital and system communications to stay informed of responsibilities, changes and events. I will avoid repeatedly using the phrase, "I didn’t know.”
  • I will avoid using communication devices for personal reasons during work time. (Policy V-D7)

Excellence (in service delivery)

  • I will convey concern and compassion as well as a willingness to serve.

Above all, I will exceed the expectations of my customers, patients, and co-workers by consistently doing the right thing, at the right time, for the right reason. I agree to abide by the preceding standards of behavior for the duration of my career here.