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

Visitor Guidelines

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.

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