SEVERE WEATHER UPDATES: ALL OCHSNER HEALTH FACILITIES REMAIN OPEN AND OPERATIONAL
NEW ORLEANS, La. – All Ochsner Health hospitals and clinics in the greater New Orleans area remain open and operational following the severe weather system that spawned tornadoes on Tuesday, March 22.
All hospitals and emergency departments remained open during the storm. Ochsner employees, nurses, leaders, physicians, and other emergency personnel worked through the night to assist community members in need of shelter and treatment. Those serving as first responders have our deepest gratitude.
- No significant damage has been reported at Ochsner Health hospitals or clinics across Jefferson, Orleans, St. Bernard and St. Charles Parishes.
- All locations remain open and are fully operational.
- If there are changes to hours or operations, they will be shared on ochsner.org/weather.
- St. Bernard Parish Hospital (SBPH) did not sustain significant damage.
- Out of an abundance of caution, the hospital proactively utilized generator power. The facility is back on regular power, which is stable.
- Eight patients were treated in the SBPH Emergency Department.
- Four community members seeking shelter at SBPH were safely transferred by St. Charles Parish Hospital EMS to storm shelters.
- At this time, it is our understanding that all employees are safe, but we have heard reports of significant property damage.
- Ochsner has activated the Employee Assistance Program to provide temporary housing, financial support, 24/7 counseling and other resources to those impacted by the storms.
Resources for Patients
- If patients cannot safely travel to scheduled appointments, they should contact their doctor’s office to reschedule by phone or via the MyOchsner app.
- Down power lines and storm damage can cause significant injury. Please follow these tips for staying safe following a severe weather event.
About Ochsner Health
Ochsner Health is an integrated healthcare system with a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate. Celebrating 80 years in 2022, it leads nationally in cancer care, cardiology, neurosciences, liver and heart transplants and pediatrics, among other areas. Ochsner is consistently named both the top hospital and top children’s hospital in Louisiana by U.S. News & World Report. The not-for-profit organization is inspiring healthier lives and stronger communities. Its focus is on preventing diseases and providing patient-centered care that is accessible, affordable, convenient and effective. Ochsner Health pioneers new treatments, deploys emerging technologies and performs groundbreaking research, including over 700 clinical studies. It has more than 34,000 employees and over 4,500 employed and affiliated physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties. It operates 40 hospitals and more than 300 health and urgent care centers across Louisiana, Mississippi and the Gulf South; and its cutting-edge Connected Health digital medicine program is caring for patients beyond its walls. In 2021, Ochsner Health treated more than 1 million people from every state and 75 countries. As Louisiana’s top healthcare educator, Ochsner Health and its partners educate thousands of healthcare professionals annually. To learn more, visit https://www.ochsner.org/.