We want to give special thanks to all the local and national volunteers helping SWLA get back on our feet. The recovery from Hurricane Laura is going to be enormous, but progress is being made a daily basis thanks to the abundant assistance. Under normal circumstances, news of a hospital scheduling elective surgeries really wouldn't be a big deal.

However, in Lake Charles, it's huge. It means the city is making a comeback from the devastation of Hurricane Laura. Therefore, any news of a reopening is not only a newsworthy event, it's a downright relief. That said, KPLC reported great news that Christus Ochsner St. Patrick and Ochsner Lake Area Hospitals are now fully operational.

Please note, visitor guidelines have changed. For more details on visitation and available services, go to christushealth.org/southwest-louisiana.

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