On Aug. 29, the impact and damage from Hurricane Ida was felt throughout the region and community, and Terrebonne General was no exception.
During the storm, Terrebonne General Health System sustained substantial damage. However, in an effort to meet the immediate needs of our community, limited emergency services are currently being provided, with additional clinics and medical services coming online within the next few weeks. Emergency services are provided on the campus from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
Terrebonne General was at capacity with 120 patients and more than 100 staff during the impact of the storm, which produced high winds and torrential rain. The hospital subsequently sustained considerable roof, water, and electrical damages requiring evacuation of all patients for their safety.
Staff and physicians, along with longtime partners such as Ochsner Health, Acadian Ambulance, the U.S. Coast Guard, Louisiana Hospital Alliance, AirMed, and Terrebonne Parish Emergency Preparedness, stepped up to perform heroic efforts to transfer all 120 patients to safety at other facilities across the state.
“Our services will be brought back swiftly, with the commitment of our physicians and staff to be here as the healthcare leader for our community. Our main goal is to provide and restore all healthcare services to our community as quickly as possible. We are strong and proud of what our organization has accomplished in a matter of days and know that we have a responsibility to get back to caring for all of our patients,” stated Phyllis Peoples, president, and CEO.
Although communication in the community has been challenging, it continues to improve daily. A community call line has been established for donations of food or essential items for distribution. Call (985) 873-4357 or visit tghealthsystem.com/giving for more information.