July 26, 2021

Our Lady of the Lake Pauses Scheduling New Non-Urgent, Inpatient Procedures

BATON ROUGE, LA – Beginning today and for the next three weeks, Our Lady of the Lake will pause scheduling new, non-urgent surgical procedures requiring an inpatient bed as COVID cases continue to climb. Outpatient procedures that do not require an overnight stay in the hospital will go on as planned.

“Like many hospitals across the state, Our Lady of the Lake continues to experience high volumes of COVID and non-COVID patients. Our inpatient facilities remain at capacity,” said Stephanie Manson, Chief Operating Officer at Our Lady of the Lake. “We made this decision to make additional beds and staff available. Previously scheduled procedures are proceeding as scheduled. We continue to schedule outpatient and new urgent surgical procedures.”

“Outpatient procedures are continuing uninterrupted and we encourage patients to maintain those procedures and not delay care,” Manson continued. “Over the last 16 months we have seen the negative health impacts that delaying needed care caused.”

Our Lady of the Lake admitted 25 new COVID-19 patients in the last 24 hours. There are presently 112 COVID-19 patients admitted with 40 percent of those in the ICU. For comparison, on June 14, 2021 there were a total of 35 COVID-19 patients at Our Lady of the Lake.

If someone has minor symptoms – ear pain, tooth pain, rash without swelling, a sore throat without a fever, or just needs a medication refill – they can contact our team to schedule a video visit by calling 765-5500. The emergency room should be utilized for severe symptoms or life-threatening emergencies.

If unsure whether symptoms qualify as minor or severe, please call our nurse hotline at (225)-765-LAKE (5253). In an emergency, always dial 911.

To find available COVID-19 testing locations and times, click here. To schedule a COVID-19 vaccination appointment, click here.
About Our Lady of the Lake
Our Lady of the Lake is a not-for-profit healthcare ministry based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana with more than 7,500 employees committed to serving the Capital Region and building a healthy community through excellence in patient care and education. With an 800-bed Regional Medical Center, a dedicated Children’s Hospital, a 78-bed hospital in Gonzales, Louisiana, two freestanding emergency rooms, and a 500+ provider Physician Group, Our Lady of the Lake provides comprehensive healthcare services for common to complex conditions. Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center is a primary teaching site for graduate medical education programs and is recognized in the areas of heart and vascular, trauma and emergency care, stroke, cancer care, minimally-invasive procedures and more. Our Lady of the Lake is part of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System.    0101C0mm4n1c@t10nsA110w
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