Disaster medical assistance team joins Our Lady of the Lake to help with COVID-19 surge


BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) — Our Lady of the Lake is welcoming a disaster medical assistance team from the Department of Health and Human Services to support an increased capacity in the hospital.

The local hospital had already adjusted policies on visitation and non-urgent procedures in response to the increase in COVID patients.

As of 5 a.m., on Monday, August 2, there are 155 COVID-19 patients at Our Lady of the Lake.

In last Friday’s news conference, Governor John Bel Edwards said that hospitals have been asking for more assistance.

The Department of Health and Human Services is sending a disaster medical assistance team to help Our Lady of the Lake open six additional COVID ICU beds and provide clinical assistance to their existing COVID units.

The medical team will consist of two physicians, three mid-level providers, seven nurses, eleven paramedics, one respiratory therapist, two pharmacists, one mental health specialist, and six administrative support specialists.

“We are pleased to welcome national disaster medical professionals to partner with our teams and support the ongoing surge of patients we are experiencing,” said Stephanie Manson, Chief Operating Officer at Our Lady of the Lake. “With their presence, we are able to admit patients faster, open an additional intensive care unit and provide assistance to our existing COVID-19 units. We appreciate our state and federal government’s support to answer our request for assistance.”

The team will be here for one month, and Our Lady of the Lake will hold a welcoming ceremony for the team today, starting at 7 AM.

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