CHRISTUS Ochsner Southwest Louisiana Prepares for Hurricane Delta

Updated October 8, 2020

CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana Making Severe Weather Preparations

Lake Charles, Louisiana – As Hurricane Delta approaches the Louisiana coast and in the wake of the parish-wide Evacuation Order, CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana is taking all necessary precautions in advance of the storms, to protect our patients, Associates and providers and secure our facilities.

Out of an abundance of caution, all outpatient facilities will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 8, and Friday, Oct. 9, and all elective procedures will be rescheduled. Only emergent surgeries will take place.

The Ochsner CHRISTUS Health Clinics will be closed on Thursday, Oct. 8, and will remain closed for the rest of the week.

The Emergency Department at CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick Hospital will remain open throughout the storm. As of 7:00 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, both hospitals will close all but a single entrance – the ER at CHRISTUS Ochsner St. Patrick and the rear Day Surgery entrance at CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area.

Beginning at noon today, Oct. 8, at all CHRISTUS Ochsner Health Southwestern Louisiana facilities, a NO VISITOR POLICY will go into effect (allowing for approved essential visitors only). Updates on the resuming services safely will be communicated as decisions are made following the storm.

Our facilities will not be used as a shelter prior to, or during, the storm. Please remember that although our hospital Emergency Departments are open, EMS will not operate vehicles in high winds, and may not be operational during the storm.

We will distribute further messages as updated information becomes available. The CHRISTUS Facebook page will also be updated frequently at https://www.facebook.com/christusSWLA.

Hurricane Delta Communication

Associate and Medical Staff Update
As of Thursday, October 8, 2020

Situational Overview

1. Delta is expected to grow in size as it approaches the northern Gulf Coast, where life-threatening storm surge and dangerous hurricane-force winds are likely beginning Friday, particularly for portions of the Louisiana coast. Storm Surge and Hurricane Warnings are in effect, and residents in these areas should follow advice given by local officials and rush preparedness actions to completion.

2. Significant flash, urban, small stream and minor to isolated moderate river flooding is likely Friday and Saturday from portions of the central Gulf Coast into portions of the Lower Mississippi Valley. As Delta moves farther inland, heavy rainfall is expected in the Ohio Valley and Mid-Atlantic this weekend. 

For more information go to hurricanes.gov

Our Preparations 

(All plans and timelines are fluid and changing as the storm track and intensity changes)

CODE YELLOW has been activated. The Command Center Number is 337.431.7910. When not manned, it will roll over to the house supervisor.

Preparations to date include:

  • Storm-prep meetings with system office and local leadership occurring twice daily
  • By 5am on Friday, we will have a screener at the E.D. entrance at St. Patrick so Associates can use this entrance in anticipation of the Gift Shop entrance closing at 7 a.m.
  • Hospital lockdown will happen at 7 a.m. on Friday, October 9. Work with your director to determine when A, B, C team will be activated in your area.
    • A team (planning team)
    • B team (stays during disaster)-Complementary meals for associates will begin upon lockdown. Team B check-in with your leader.
    • C team (recovery)
  • Generators have arrived at both hospital campuses
  • Alternate water sources are being setup both campuses
  • Remediation crews are available to us throughout this storm event
  • Roofs have been repaired in a manner similar to permanent roofing. However, we are reviewing any additional preparations that need to be made for safety
  • We are beginning to discharge and transfer patients as appropriate
  • Friday surgery cases and outpatient services have been cancelled
  • Visitation will end, except for essential visitors, Thursday (today) at noon
  • Ochsner CHRISTUS Clinics will be closed on Thursday and Friday, with anticipated return to services on Monday

Reflection  

“O God, Master of this passing world, hear the humble voices of your children. The Sea of Galilee obeyed your order and returned to its former quietude; you are still the Master of land and sea. We live in the shadow of a danger over which we have no control. The Gulf, like a provoked and angry giant, can awake from its seeming lethargy, overstep its conventional boundaries, and invade our land to spread chaos and disaster. During this hurricane season, we turn to You, O loving Father. Spare us from past tragedies whose memories are still so vivid and whose wounds seem to refuse to heal with the passing of time. O Virgin, Star of the Sea, Our Beloved Mother, we ask you to plead with your Son in our behalf, so that spared from the calamities common to this area and animated with a true spirit of gratitude, we will walk in the footsteps of your Divine Son to reach the heavenly Jerusalem where a storm-less eternity awaits us. Amen

 
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