8/14/16 4 PM UPDATE: Ochsner -- Baton Rouge Provides Family Hotline for Transferred Patients
BATON ROUGE (4 pm) – Earlier this afternoon, Ochsner Medical Center Baton Rouge (O’Neal campus) transferred approximately 40 critically ill patients to other Ochsner facilities due to severe weather and flooding around the hospital. An additional 10-15 are expected to be transferred shortly, as a precautionary measure, to ensure ongoing continuity of care effective immediately.
Ochsner has established a hotline for family members needing information on the new location of a patient. Family can call 504-842-3198 and will need to provide a patient’s date of birth to receive information about their condition and location. If the patient has not yet been moved, they will receive condition and an update on the intended location and potential arrival time.
We continue to monitor the water levels and the situation with local and state officials. We have not made a decision to transport additional patients at this time.
Patient safety is our highest priority. We will remain in contact with our Office of Emergency Preparedness to ensure that military vehicles and air transport support will be available should we need it. Ochsner Baton Rouge medical personnel remain on site and the facility has power, water and adequate supplies to care for our remaining patients and staff.
We are still assessing the total impact of the severe weather and flooding. As we have information on our ability to reopen our Emergency Room and the ability to staff and open some of our Health Centers tomorrow, we will provide those updates to the media, on our website and via social media. All staff is encouraged to check their email for staffing updates as well.
Ochsner patients can have confidence that their medical records are safe and available via MyOchsner as well as at any Ochsner location. Ochsner has an electronic medical record system and can offer continuous care regardless of where you see an Ochsner doctor.
Ochsner is committed to serving its community during this difficult time and fully appreciates the support of its dedicated staff and the larger Baton Rouge community.
About Ochsner Medical Center-- Baton Rouge:
Ochsner Medical Center --Baton Rouge is a full service acute care hospital located at I-12 and O’Neal Lane, and includes 12 local health centers across Hammond to Iberville and Zachary to Prairieville. Ochsner --Baton Rouge employs nearly 2,000 locally, including nearly 150 physicians and advanced practice providers. Ochsner Baton Rouge is a part of Ochsner Health System, Louisiana’s largest non-profit healthcare delivery system. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital nationally recognized by U.S. News and World Report as a “Best Hospital” across three specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs 17,000 employees and over 1,000 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts over 900 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit ochsner.org and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.