Some hospitals in Lake Charles, La., sustained "significant damage" when the Category 4 Hurricane Laura hit overnight Wednesday.
While there has been roof, window and water damage to area providers, "none of it has been that severe that the hospital can't operate," said Paul Salles, CEO of the Louisiana Hospital Association.
CHRISTUS Health, an Irving, Texas-based health system that operates several hospitals and healthcare sites in the Lake Charles area, is in the "recovery process."
"The scope of damage to our facilities varies from minor to major, but what is most important right now is that there are no reports of injuries to our patients, associates or any of physicians or clinical staff," said Katy Kiser, a spokesperson for CHRISTUS.
Losing city water access is a critical issue for area hospitals, and that could affect their ability to operate, Salles said. "Without utilities, particularly water, it's hard to sustain the kind of care folks are typically used to," he said.
Lake Charles Memorial Health System on Friday said it had minimal damage but had limited services due to damage to the city's water supply system. Its phone lines also were down.
Hospitals are running on generators because of power outages, Salles said.