Lake Charles Memorial Pediatrics

Providing Care for More Children Than Any Other Southwest Louisiana Hospital

At Memorial, our pediatric services treat more kids than any other hospital in Lake Charles. With the only pediatric intensive care specialist, Memorial brings the same extraordinary dedication, skill and expertise of our adult care to children. Every pediatric registered nurse is certified in pediatric advanced life support, and our emergency room caters to children’s emergencies with board certified emergency room physicians.

General Pediatrics

If your child has an immediate or long-term medical problem, you can take comfort in knowing that Memorial’s pediatric unit is specially designed and equipped to care for children requiring surgery or hospitalization for acute or chronic conditions. Specially trained in the medical, emotional and developmental needs of infants, children and adolescents, the department’s multidisciplinary staff provides comprehensive specialty care. For more information, call Memorial’s Pediatric Department at (337) 494-3050.

PICU (Pediatric Intensive Care Unit)

Memorial's pediatric intensive care unit has 5 newly updated, state-of-the-art PICU rooms with the latest in Spacelab cardiopulmonary monitoring. These rooms are located in the same area as the pediatric rooms to ensure a smooth transition and continuum of care from intensive to general care. Our PICU is leveled through the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals as a Level II PICU and the only pediatric intensive care unit in the SWLA service area.


For our youngest patients requiring surgery, we offer general surgery. Uniquely designed to ease the anxieties of children, parents, and other family members, our family-centered care offers parents access to the pre-operating rooms. For more information, call Memorial’s Surgery Department at (337) 494-3006.

Pediatric Cardiology

Memorial also provides specialized care for infants, children and adolescents with heart problems. Our board certified pediatric cardiologistDr. Mudar Kattash and board certified cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon Dr. J. Gregory Lugo collaborate closely with our adult cardiologists to coordinate care for conditions that require lifelong treatment and follow-up. For more information, call (337) 494-3050.


A child’s growing body creates special “kid only” health issues for young bones and muscles. Memorial’s orthopedists handle the common bone and joint injuries that befall otherwise healthy kids. Our expert team also specializes in sports medicine for young athletes, offering preventative and rehabilitative treatment of sports-related injuries. For more information, call (337) 494-4900.

Pediatric Emergency Care

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, Memorial’s emergency department is equipped to handle your child’s everyday bumps and bruises, as well as his or her critical injuries and life-threatening conditions with expertise and compassion. In our ER, we offer kid-specific emergency treatment by an experienced staff of board certified emergency medicine physicians, family medicine residents, nurse practitioners, emergency care certified nurses, clinical educators, and support personnel. For more information, call Memorial’s Emergency Department (337) 494-3036. If it is an emergency, call 911.


Utilizing state-of-the-art digital imaging equipment, our experienced team of radiologists, nurses and radiologic technologists provide a complete array of pediatric diagnostic services at Memorial. Our technology enables referring physicians to have instant Internet access to the images and reports 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For more information, call Memorial’s Radiology
Department at (337) 494-3070.

Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Services

Memorial’s Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Services are specifically designed to meet the mental health needs of school-aged children who are experiencing serious behavioral disturbances. Upon admission, our interdisciplinary team completes a comprehensive assessment of each patient to design an individualized plan that includes the family’s involvement. To ensure academic success during treatment, the child/adolescent program maintains a working relationship with local school districts. Our program treats patients affected by a variety of psychiatric illnesses, including depression disorders, bipolar disorders, social withdrawal, self-destructive behaviors, thought disorders, substance abuse, phobias and other anxiety disorders. For more information, call Memorial’s Child/Adolescent Psychiatric Services at (337) 494-3252.