Emergency Medicine


...and it's backed by the region's largest, comprehensive health care system, Memorial.

Getting to the right place at the right time to receive the right care is a matter of life or death. Critical care requires the full support of a TEAM of experts and specialists all in ONE place. Every step of your care has been carefully considered from treatment to recovery because a heart attack, stroke or fractured hip doesn't stop at the emergency room.

Emergency Center

Memorial's newest milestone, the 40-bed, 26,000 sq. ft. Emergency Center, doubles the size of our previous ER and includes a CT and digital x-ray technology in the center with specialized treatment areas for critical care, mental health and fast track non-critical emergencies. There are 6 trauma bays for the trauma program currently in the development stages.

As the largest, full-service health system in Southwest Louisiana with the most specialists, Memorial provides board certified emergency medicine physician coverage 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year with the support of medical and surgical specialists.

Trauma Program

Memorial has been designated by the Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) as having Trauma Program, which is the 18-month groundwork for becoming the Level III Certified Trauma Center for Southwest Louisiana. LERN is an agency of the Louisiana state government with the responsibility of developing and maintaining a statewide system of care coordination for patients suddenly stricken by serious traumatic injury or time-sensitive illness (such as heart attack and stroke). It is a system also designated to serve as a vital healthcare resource in the face of larger scale emergencies and natural disasters.

Hospital participation in LERN is voluntary. Through the participation agreement, hospitals define the level of trauma care resources typically available at their facility and agree to routinely notify LERN of changes in the availability of their trauma care resources using Resource Management (LERN). The agreement also requires hospitals to utilize LERN entry criteria and destination protocols.

Telestroke Program

Memorial's TeleStroke Program is in partnership with Tulane Medical Center. The program is a form of telemedicine that provides Memorial patients with enhanced in-house stroke care and 24-hour access to Tulane Medical Center’s specialized stroke experts.

The collaboration brings together innovative TeleStroke equipment, the Memorial emergency team and specialized care from Tulane’s Joint Commission-certified comprehensive stroke center to evaluate, consult, diagnoses, treat or transfer the patient to the appropriate stoke care facility. Using TeleStroke system carts and a two-way live video, audio and image sharing system, consulting stroke neurologist and neurosurgeons from Tulane Medical Center can evaluate a patient in real time to diagnose a stroke and determine the best course of action.

The Memorial Difference

Lake Charles Memorial Emergency Medicine is located on the Oak Park campus on 2nd Street in Lake Charles. It is the largest emergency department in Southwest Louisiana with the most board certified, residency trained emergency physicians.

  • Most Medical Specialties and Subspecialties
  • Only Level II Pediatric Intensive Care Unit
  • Only Orthopedic Trauma Trained Specialist
  • Only Psychiatric & Substance Triage Unit
  • Only Sexual Abuse Nurse Examiner
  • Only LERN Trauma Program
  • Only Family Medicine Residency Program
  • As southwest Louisiana's recognized leader in critical care, Memorial' ER offers such specialties as:

    • Cardiology & Cardiovascular Surgery
    • Orthopedic Trauma & Orthopedic Surgery
    • Neurology & Neurosurgery
    • Pulmonology
    • Oncology & Hematology
    • Pediatrics
    • Obstetrics & Gynecology
    • Neonatology
    • Urology
    • Gastroenterology
    • Psychiatry
    • General & Trauma Surgery
    • Rheumatology
    • Family Medicine
    • Internal Medicine

    So, when other ERs don’t have the specialist or specialty needed, they send them to a place that does....in most cases, that place is Memorial.