Woman’s Hospital in Baton Rouge received patient transports from two Lake Charles Area Hospitals in the wake of Hurricane Laura.
Woman’s Hospital is the largest birthing hospital in Louisiana and has a Level III S Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). The State of Louisiana also has designated Woman’s as the official coordinating organization to manage the evacuation of babies and high-risk pregnant women. In 2005, Woman’s led the evacuation of infants and pregnant women from New Orleans hospitals during Hurricane Katrina and helped rescue 122 babies. The hospital also took in babies during Hurricanes Rita in 2005 and Gustav in 2008.
“As soon as we knew other hospitals in our state may be impacted by Hurricane Laura, we quickly began reaching out to offer support,” said Cheri Johnson, senior vice president of patient care services and chief nursing officer for Woman’s Hospital. “While you never want to be in a position where patients have to be evacuated, it’s always inspiring to see so many hospitals across the state come together to do what is best for these moms and babies.”
Woman's is working with Children's Hospital New Orleans, Our Lady of Lourdes Women's & Children's Hospital, and Lafayette General to transport NICU babies.