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Lake Charles Memorial Hospital ER remains open after patient evacuations

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Posted at 11:39 AM, Aug 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-31 12:39:29-04

LAKE CHARLES, La. — The Lake Charles Memorial Hospital Emergency Department remains open to treat patients during the ongoing recovery efforts across the city despite not having water to the facility.

On Friday, the hospital announced that it had evacuated 146 of its patients after Hurricane Laura damaged the city's water infrastructure so severely that the facility may be without water for several weeks.

According to a hospital spokesperson, services are limited at this time with only essential personnel on site, but they are not closing and have no intention of doing so. The hospital’s emergency room remains open with the aid of the Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Medical Assistance Teams, which are assisting other hospitals in the area as well.

“Their support allows us to take this time to let our employees get their lives in order and start recovering from this disaster,” said Matt Felder, director of communications for Lake Charles Memorial Health System. “And while they are recovering and you are recovering, we will do the same by repairing, sanitizing and ramping back up in a controlled, safe manner.”

Felder adds that the hospital is bringing in its water supply daily at about 50,000 gallons a day, and has increased its generator power until they are back on the electrical grid.

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