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Our Approach

CHRISTUS Ochsner Lake Area Hospital is fully committed to providing your critically ill newborn with the most compassionate and extensive health care. Our Level III NICU offers babies born as young as 23 weeks gestation the opportunity to grow and develop under the care of our highly trained, neonatal staff, 24 hours a day:

  • Board-certified neonatologists
  • International board-certified lactation consultants
  • Neonatal nurse practitioners
  • NICU dedicated respiratory therapist
  • Occupational therapists
  • Physical therapists
  • Speech language pathologists
  • Spiritual care providers
  • Social workers
  • Registered nurses

Neonatal Transport

We all hope that your baby is born happy and healthy. But sometimes, special care is needed. The Neonatal ICU nursery is designed to care for infants that are premature or ill.

Our caring staff includes registered nurses, a respiratory therapist, a neonatal nurse practitioner and a physician that working in tandem to give your new baby the best care possible during this difficult time.

A special part of our neonatal services includes a neonatal transport team. Comprised of a specially trained staff, this unit is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week and we travel to hospitals in surrounding communities with the goal of transporting critically ill children to our Level III NICU.



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NICU Caregiver Guide

NICU Sibling Guide 



Our Location

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

Our Team

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James Barrow, MD

OB-GYN (Obstetrics and Gynecology)

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Brando Leggio Ochsner OBGYN

Brandon Leggio, MD

OB-GYN (Obstetrics and Gynecology)

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Uzma Naeem, MD

OB-GYN (Obstetrics and Gynecology)

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Alice Babst Prestia, MD

OB-GYN (Obstetrics and Gynecology)

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