Leonard J. Chabert Medical Center celebrated the return of inpatient, critical care, and surgical services following Hurricane Ida. Chabert Medical Center’s Emergency Department remained open during and after the Category 4 storm made landfall to continue serving the Bayou community.
The facility sustained significant damage from the storm and evacuated 42 patients to other Ochsner Health facilities across Louisiana, including Morgan City, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Lafayette in the days following Ida’s landfall.
More than 100 physicians, nurses, staff, and volunteers joined Tim Allen, CEO of Ochsner Health’s Bayou Region, and the Nicholls State University band to cheer on patients arriving by ambulance. The occasion was also commemorated with a brief ceremony, including a plaque dedication honoring Chabert’s healthcare heroes and the raising of the United States flag – a symbol of the hospital’s return to full operations.
“Today marked an important and exciting moment for our healthcare team, patients and entire community,” noted Allen. “I’m humbled by the extraordinary team who continued caring for patients as Ida impacted our hospital and their homes and loved ones. We’ve heard our team members called healthcare heroes throughout the last 18 months, and now they’ve earned the title of superheroes. This is another step forward for our community and an important reminder to our neighbors that we are here as they rebuild and recover.”
Chabert’s Emergency Department never closed throughout the storm, and outpatient services have gradually returned as facility damage was repaired. Chabert’s team of providers, nurses and staff continued caring for patients at nearby facilities and supported the communities hardest hit by Ida by bringing mobile urgent care, COVID-19 testing, and vaccinations.