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CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital Reopening Labor-and-Delivery, NICU Services Sept. 4 September 03, 2020

Lake Charles, LA – After suffering significant damage during Hurricane Laura, CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital will re-open some services to the public this week. The facility will resume Labor and Delivery Services and NICU services on Friday, September 4, at 2 p.m.

CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital suffered considerable damage in multiple areas, forcing leaders to temporarily close the facility. Brave, dedicated caregivers weathered the storm there with their patients and then safely discharged or transferred them to other facilities. These patients include NICU babies who were transferred to partners and the hospital’s sister location in Beaumont, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas St. Elizabeth. There were also eight post-partum mothers and seven newborns in-house during the storm who were then transferred.

Laboring Mothers are asked to present to the Day Surgery entrance at the rear of the building, which will be staffed around the clock. Once they arrive, laboring mothers will be assessed and treated in the Labor and Delivery unit. Babies who require NICU services will be able to remain onsite at CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital.

Before the storm made landfall, CHRISTUS Health positioned expert teams nearby, and they began working immediately to repair damages Thursday afternoon. A full remediation of the building has been completed, it has been cleared by Life Safety for full regulatory compliance and was reviewed and approved by Infection Control specialists. All the needed support services to operate Labor and Delivery and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit are up and running for the safety of the delivering mothers and their babies.

“CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital has a history of going above and beyond to care for our community’s children, particularly those born too soon or too sick,” said Ginger Disante, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer, CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana. “The community we serve is working to recover and to rebuild, and we have an opportunity to play our part in that recovery by providing excellent care to our youngest and most vulnerable. There is a long road ahead of us, but all the caregivers of CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana are committed to walking that road together.”