COVID-19 Response

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Visitor Guidelines

Updated COVID-19 Visitation Policy and Upcoming Events: 

All Medical Staff, Associates, Patients, Visitors and Vendors are required to wear a mask upon entering and while in all CHRISTUS facilities and will continue to be screened and receive a temperature check.

New Visiting Hours 8a-8p daily (except ICU, NICU and L&D *see times)

Patients in most areas can have 1 visitor at a time. Children will be permitted with parent/guardian for non-Covid patient.

Visitor may be switched out, but only 1 visitor in a patient’s room at a time. Alternate visitors will be required to wait outside and not in hospital waiting rooms, lobby or cafeteria.

Entrances: St. Patrick – Main Entrance        Lake Area - Day Surgery Entrance
5:00 am– 8:00 pm – Monday through Friday
8:00 am – 8:00 pm – Saturday through Sunday
ER Entrance – daily after 8:00 pm both campuses

Visiting hours and 1 visitor at a time (unless otherwise noted) will be as follows & during designated times:

o Med/Surg & Rehab   1 visitor per patient at a time        8a-8p daily
o ICU                            1 visitor per patient at a time       9a-10a & 5p-6p daily*
o ED                             1 visitor/ED visit
o L &D                          1 designated support person       (24hrs)*
                                     & 1 designated visitor                  8a-6p daily*
o NICU                         Parents                                        NICU visitation*
o Procedure Areas        1 visitor/procedure/visit
o Minors will have both parents/guardians permitted          24 hours
(One guardian will need to remain with patient during stay)
o End of life exceptions will be made on case by case basis, however in-room visitors
should be limited to no more than two at a time.
o Isolation patients will remain with restricted visitation.
o Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis with CMO/CNO review

What is a designated visitor?

  • Designated support person is any individual identified to stay with patient 24/7 due to the need to support patient in activities of daily living, communication or other deficit.

Visitors will be screened upon entry into the facility and will be required to present with their mask upon arrival and wear it at all times, especially when leaving the patient room, in hallways and in public areas. Entry will not be permitted if not wearing a mask. Visitors will be permitted:

o in pre-op/pre-procedural & post op/post procedural space as permitted (Pre-COVID)
o allowed in inpatient patient rooms
o to leave and return to the campus during designated visiting times as well as leave the
room to go to cafeteria to get food and return.

UPCOMING HOLIDAYS
Departments avoid “family style” gathering at meal times.

Admitting – SPH and LAH
Admitting: Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
ER Admitting: During these holiday closures all Associates, Medical Staff, Patients and Visitors should check in through ER Admitting.

COVID SCREENING

SPH
Screeners will be open normal hours at St. Patrick from 5am – 8pm Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.

LAH
Screening: Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
ER Admitting: During these holiday closures all Associates, Medical Staff, Patients and Visitors should check in through ER Admitting.

SELF-SCREENING
Look for upcoming directive and communication on Associate and Medical Staff self-screening process.

We continue to be vigilant in responding to the changing situation with COVID-19 response. Thank you for all you do to help us extend the healing ministry of Jesus Christ.

 

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