The health and safety of our communities remain top priority as we continue to work tirelessly to minimize the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). We are actively taking measures in doing this by carefully screening each patient for covid symptoms before they enter our facility, having our healthcare workers wear masks, and sanitizing all of our work areas with hospital-grade disinfectant. If you are ill with fever, cough or shortness of breath or have been exposed to a person with suspected or confirmed COVID symptoms, call 1-800-458-4559 to be connected to our CHRISTUS COVID Hotline. Learn More


New Visitor Guidelines for CHRISTUS Ochsner

This week, the Louisiana Department of Health announced they will now require all licensed healthcare facilities in the state to restrict visitors to those deemed essential, vital or necessary for the care and well-being of our patients.

Because our goal is to ensure our hospitals continue to be a safe place to receive care we are following some new guidelines and want you to be aware of some important changes.

We have implemented some new visitor restrictions.

Visitors will now be guided to enter our hospitals through a designated area or emergency room. Take note of the specific hours for each of our locations:

  • CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital
    • Hospital Main Entrance
      • Monday - Friday, 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
      • Saturday, Sunday, 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    • Emergency Department: 24 hours
  • CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital
    • Day Surgery Back Entrance
      • Monday - Friday, 5:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
      • Saturday, Sunday, 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    • Emergency Department: 24 hours

The goal of these updated visitor procedures is to limit the risk of exposure to our patients, visitors, Associates, physicians and volunteers. All visitors will be screened. Patients are being restricted to one person per patient, with the following guideline:

  • Isolation Patients: 1 Visitor
  • Medical-Surgery Patients: 1 Visitor
  • Same Day Procedure: 1 Visitor
  • Critical Care: 1 Visitor
  • Labor and Delivery: 1 Support + 1 Visitor
  • Pediatrics: 1 Support + 1 Visitor
  • NICU: Parents Only

Thank you for understanding, and your patience and support as we take steps to better protect our patients and community during this unprecedented time.

Universal Masking

The health and safety of our patients, visitors, Associates and our communities remain of utmost importance. Beginning Monday, April 6, patients and visitors will be required to bring their own mask to wear while in our hospitals or outpatient clinics. You can learn more about how to make your own cloth masks by visiting the CDC website. Our health professionals providing care for presumed COVID-19 or known COVID-19 patients are expected to wear N95 respirator masks. Hospitalized patients do not have to wear a mask while in their rooms.

March 14, 2020 - 4:00 p.m.

CHRISTUS Health Statement Regarding COVID-19

We continue to work in solidarity with our partners in the health care community, city and county leaders, and local health authorities to ensure our community is well prepared. Together, we stand united in our commitment to keep the people we serve safe.

At CHRISTUS, we remain vigilant in responding to this evolving situation, meeting throughout the day to ensure we are prepared to respond to present and potential future needs of our community. We continue to follow Centers for Disease Control guidelines for healthcare facilities located in areas, like ours, that are not experiencing community spread. We do have emergency preparedness plans in place and are fully prepared to execute as appropriate for our community circumstances.

CHRISTUS facilities remain a safe place for all to receive quality care. While COVID-19 is new, our processes and procedures in place for infection prevention and preventing the spread of illness are not. From physicians and nurses, quality and safety experts to those responsible for ordering supplies and keeping the hospital clean — all of our Associates are involved in making sure we provide a safe environment for our patients. Every single day.

March 3, 2020

CHRISTUS Health Statement Regarding COVID-19

CHRISTUS values the importance of collaboration and coordinated action for the identification and care of those patients exhibiting signs of the COVID-19. Which is why we continue to follow CDC interim guidelines and work non-stop, in partnership with local, state and federal government authorities. We are fortunate to be part of a local health care community committed to responding to the needs of these patients in the safest manner necessary.

In the event that possible coronavirus patients need hospitalization after screening, we have identified a portion of our facility as the best place to allow us to isolate and safely care for any potential patients without risk of transmission to other parts of the facility.

At CHRISTUS, we have always screened patient to our clinical points of access for international travel, to assess for various evolving infectious disease risks, including this one. If a patient meets the current CDC criteria, and is exhibiting symptoms consistent with the virus, we will isolate the patient in a private room and take proper respiratory precautions to safely assess and treat them

If you are ill with fever and cough or shortness of breath and have had travel to any region that has known community spread of coronavirus, please contact your primary care provider before coming to the clinic so we can be sure to provide you with the best care possible while doing everything we can to keep our community healthy.

It’s still flu season. We continue to encourage all our patients and the community to practice good respiratory hygiene habits, like washing hands frequently and covering mouths while coughing especially during times like this where catching the flu is a far greater risk.

In summary, the best things you can do to prevent the spread of illness are:

  • Wash your hands well before eating, drinking, or touching your face
  • Get your annual flu shot and
  • Get a pneumonia shot if you have not already and are above the age of 65 or have diabetes or other illnesses that affect your heart or lungs.

CHRISTUS Health currently convenes daily, sometimes more, to check in on our emergency preparedness plans. We have had many hands on deck during this process. Nearly everyone — from physicians and nurses, quality and safety experts to those responsible for ordering supplies and keeping the hospital clean — is involved in making sure we can do best for our patients our Associates and this community we serve.

For the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19 visit

Our Locations

CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital
4200 Nelson Road
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70605

CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital
524 Dr. Michael Debakey Drive
Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601

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