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Vaccine Information

Currently everyone in Louisiana ages 16 and older is eligible to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Check this link for more eligibility information.

If you have not had your Covid-19 vaccine and are interested in receiving it, please call (337) 480-5555 or email your name, date of birth and contact number to vaccine@lcmh.com to be scheduled. We currently have a good supply of the vaccine, however, should that change, you will be placed on a waiting list and contacted as vaccine supply allows. Lake Charles Memorial Health System is committed to stopping the spread and appreciates your interest in doing your part to help stop the spread too.

Restrictions in Place at Memorial Main Campus

Patients needing to access admissions/appointments/procedures/MOB I office visits (at the front of the hospital) can enter through the main entrance lobby on Oak Park Boulevard between 5 AM – 7 PM, Monday-Friday. Valet parking is available Monday - Friday. The main lobby entrance on Oak Park is open from 5a to 7p Monday - Friday and closed on weekends. Patients after hours and on weekends may enter through Emergency Services on 2nd Avenue.

Patients with appointments who utilize the MOB I parking garage, may enter the building from the parking garage entrance on the first floor only for screening purposes. The second and third floor entrances are not accessible from the parking garage at this time due to covid restrictions. Patients with appointments/office visits in MOB II (at the rear of the hospital) can use that entrance for clinic visits, lab, infusions, and pharmacy. The hours for entrance: 6 AM – 5 PM, Monday-Friday only.

Visitation Guidelines Effective 4/26/21

Please remember: For your safety and the safety of others, masks MUST be worn at all times.

Medical/Surgical Inpatient, Non-COVID

  • One visitor allowed at a time
    • No exposure within 10 days to known COVID individuals
    • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness
    • Must wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the facility including in the patient room
    • One visitor allowed overnight but must be in building by 8pm
    • Please limit travel throughout the building and remain in the patient room
    • Exceptions made for end of life situations in collaboration with the care team
    • Visitors are requested to enter the main building via the front (Oak Park) entrance prior to 6 p.m. and the ED entrance after 6:00 p.m

Medical/Surgical Inpatient, COVID

  • Two designated visitors per patient per hospital stay
    • No exposure within 10 days to known COVID individuals (other than patient)
    • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness, not diagnosed with COVID-19 within the previous 10 days
    • Must wear a mask/face covering and other personal protective equipment as provided by nursing staff at all times while in the patient room
    • May not travel freely throughout the building, must remain in the patient room
    • Exceptions made for end of life situations in collaboration with the care team
    • One designated visitor allowed overnight, please be in building by 8:00 p.m
    • Realizing situations change, the designated visitor may be changed with the approval of the unit director/charge nurse
    • Visitors are requested to enter the main building via the front (Oak Park) entrance prior to 6 p.m. and the ED entrance after 6:00 p.m.

Intensive Care Unit, Non-COVID

  • One visitor allowed at time during ICU visitation times
    • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID individuals
    • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness
    • Must wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the facility including in the patient room
    • Please limit travel throughout the building, remain in the patient room/ICU waiting room
    • Must maintain 6 feet distance from others while in ICU waiting room
    • Exceptions made for end of life situations in collaboration with the care team
    • Realizing situations change, the designated visitor may be changed with the approval of the unit director/charge nurse
    • Visitation times:
      • 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m.
      • 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
      • 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
      • 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
      • 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Intensive Care Unit, COVID

  • Two designated visitors per patient per hospital stay; one visitor at a time
    • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID individuals (other than patient)
    • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness, no diagnosis of COVID19 within the previous 10 days
    • Must wear a mask/face covering and other personal protective equipment as provided by nursing staff at all times while in the patient room
    • May not travel freely throughout the building, must remain in the patient room
    • May not wait/stay in waiting room
    • Exceptions made for end of life situations in collaboration with the care team
    • Realizing situations change, the designated visitor may be changed with the approval of the unit director/charge nurse
    • Designated visitors may visit during the following times:
      • 5:00 a.m.-6:00 a.m.
      • 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
      • 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
      • 5:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
      • 8:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.

Pediatrics/Pediatric ICU

  • Pediatric patients are allowed two parent/legal guardian visitors and grandparents. No more than two visitors in room at a time.
    • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID individuals
    • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness
    • Must wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the facility including in the patient room
    • Must be in the facility by 8 pm if staying overnight
    • May not travel freely throughout the building, must remain in the patient room
    • Exceptions made for end of life situations in collaboration with the care team

Emergency Department

  • One designated visitor for all patients (COVID and non-COVID)
    • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID individuals (other than patient)
    • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness
    • Must wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the facility including in the patient room
    • May not travel freely throughout the building, must remain in the patient room
    • If the patient cannot be “roomed” immediately upon arrival, the visitor must wait outside the ED and will be notified when to join the patient in the ED.
    • Visitors may NOT stay in the ED waiting room
    • Exceptions made for end of life situations in collaboration with the care team

Surgery, Same Day Surgery, Cardiac Cath Lab, Radiology (x-ray)

  • One designated visitor
    • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID individuals
    • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness
    • Must wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the facility including in the patient room
    • May not travel freely throughout the building, must remain in the patient room
    • If a patient room is not immediately available, visitors are expected to maintain 6 feet distance from others in waiting areas or remain outside the facility until notified to enter.

Laboratory

  • No visitors unless required to provide personal care or communication for the patient
  • Parent may accompany pediatric patients.
    • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID individuals
    • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness
    • Must wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the facility
    • May not travel freely throughout the building

Pre-Assessment Testing Center

  • No visitors unless required to provide personal care or communication for the patient
    • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID individuals
    • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness
    • Must wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the facility
    • May not travel freely throughout the building
    • Parent may accompany pediatric patients

MMG & Moss Memorial Clinics, Physical Therapy, Infusion Clinics, Non-Invasive Cardiology, Radiation Oncology

  • No visitors unless required to provide personal care or communication with the team
    • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID individuals
    • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness
    • Must wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the facility
    • May not travel freely throughout the building

Archer Institute/Behavioral Health (10 Tower)

  • Increased access to phones for all patients
  • Visitation will occur on Saturdays & Sundays only, effective April 24
  • Adult Unit Females 3:30PM-4:00PM Male 4:00PM-4:30PM
  • Adolescent Unit: Females 4:30PM-5:00PM Males 5:00PM-5:30PM
  • Adolescent visitors will be limited to guardians as listed in the medical record.
  • Patients will be allowed only 2 visitors MAX per day.
  • Visitors under the age of 17 will not be allowed to visit until further notice.
  • Visitors will not be allowed to return to the unit after exiting the unit.
  • No one will not be allowed to wait in the lobby.
  • Visitors MUST agree to the following:
    • Present staff with the patient’s confidential ID number
    • Use of metal detector and to empty pockets in presence of staff
    • Wear a mask or face covering at all times while on the unit
    • Bring only a key and ID to the unit
  • Cellphones, Purses, Bags, Wallets, Totes, etc will not be allowed on the unit. The hospital will not provide a storage area for these items. It is the responsibility of the visitor to ensure personal items are secured off the unit.
  • Items brought to unit for the patient, will be checked in by staff at end of the visitation period.
  • For the safety of patients, staff and visitors, during times of high acuity, visitation may be cancelled without notice. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.

    Memorial for Women

    OB Inpatient, Non-COVID

    • Two visitors at a time
      • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID individuals
      • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness
      • Must wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the facility including in the patient room
      • May not travel freely throughout the building, must remain in the patient room
      • Must be in the facility by 8 pm if staying overnight
      • May only leave and return once per day
      • Siblings are allowed during visiting hours

    OB Inpatient, COVID

    • Two designated visitors per patient per hospital stay
      • Consent form must be reviewed and signed by visitors
      • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID individuals (other than patient)
      • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness
      • Must wear a mask/face covering and other personal protective equipment as provided by nursing staff at all times while in the patient room
      • May not travel freely throughout the building, must remain in the patient room
      • One designated visitor allowed overnight, please be in building by 8:00 pm

    NICU

    • Two parents/legal guardian/designated visitors/grandparents
      • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID individuals
      • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness
      • Must wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the facility including in the patient room
      • Exceptions made for end of life situations in collaboration with the care team

    Early Labor Evaluation (ELE)

    • One visitor for non-COVID patients
      • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID individuals
      • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness
      • Must wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the facility including in the patient room
      • May not travel freely throughout the building, must remain in the patient room
      • If the patient cannot be “roomed” immediately upon arrival, the visitor must wait outside the facility and will be notified when to join the patient in ELE.
      • Visitors may NOT stay in the ELE waiting room
      • Visitors for patients known or suspected of COVID illness are not allowed in ELE

    Women’s Surgery

    • Two visitors at a ti
      • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID individuals
      • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness
      • Must wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the facility including in the patient room
      • May not travel freely throughout the building, must remain in the patient room
      • If a patient room is not immediately available, visitors are expected to maintain 6 feet distance from others in waiting areas or remain outside the facility until notified to enter.

    Women’s Outpatient: Lab and Radiology (excludes OB Ultrasound)

    • No visitors unless required to provide personal care or communication for the patient.
    • Parent may accompany pediatric patients
      • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID individuals
      • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness.
      • Must wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the facility
      • May not travel freely throughout the building, must stay in the patient room

    OB Clinics

    • OB patients may bring one support person to their appointment under the following conditions:
      • Support person must bring and wear his/her own mask
      • No recent (within 10 days) exposure to known COVID individuals
      • No fever or signs/symptoms potentially indicating COVID-19 illness
      • Must wear a mask/face covering at all times while in the facility
      • The patient and support person must wait in their vehicle until they are called in for their appointment if social distancing cannot be accommodated in the waiting room.
      • Including ultrasound appointments
      • Exceptions may be made and will be up to the discretion of the office/physician