Over one hundred years ago, Dr. John Greene Martin, president of the local medical society, and Monsignor Hubert Cramers, rector of Immaculate Conception Church, saw a need for a hospital to serve the people of Lake Charles and the surrounding areas. The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word responded to that need and built St. Patrick Sanitarium in 1908.

Their mission of extending the healing ministry of Jesus Christ continues today through the provision of comprehensive health care services across a five-parish region of Southwest Louisiana.

The hospital is committed to serving the community primarily through its Christian philosophy that Jesus Christ uses us as His instruments of healing in a concrete way that touches others and brings them health in body, mind and spirit.

CHRISTUS St. Patrick provided over $25,000,000 in charity care, grants, and other community benefits just last year. Here you will find how the hospital serves you specifically through our healing ministry.

Serving our Community within the Hospital System

  • CHRISTUS St. Patrick’s excellence in patient care was recognized by the American Heart Association as one of only four hospitals in the state of Louisiana to receive the Get With The Guidelines-Coronary Artery Disease Performance Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of cardiac care that effectively improves treatment of patients hospitalized with coronary artery disease.
  • CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital is now the only hospital in Southwest Louisiana offering an orthopedic robotic system, which improves precision for knee and hip replacement procedures. Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System (RIO) is a surgeon-controlled robotic art system that enables accurate and optimal alignment and placement of implants, resulting in decreased a more natural feeling joint for the patient.

Reaching beyond the walls of our facility,

  • our school-based health centers provide preventive care and medical/social services to over 1,700 children from preschool to 12th grade in at-risk regions of the city.
  • the fifth annual Family Health Fair at Prien Lake Mall was held, and we provided over 5,000 screenings to the community.
  • various community preventive education programs were provided in Southwest Louisiana free of charge, along with support groups, health seminars, and screening programs.
  • Additionally, CHRISTUS St. Patrick Associates volunteered countless hours to various local projects…

CHRISTUS St. Patrick Hospital and our Associates lend a hand to make it happen every day.

Giving Our Time and Support:

  • American Cancer Society
  • American Diabetes Association
  • American Heart Association
  • American Red Cross
  • Barbe H S Graduation
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters
  • Black Heritage Festival
  • Calcasieu Area Council Boy Scout of America
  • Calcasieu Council on Aging
  • Calcasieu Parish Med Society Alliance
  • Cancer Research & Prevention Foundation
  • Children’s Miracle Network
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Children’s Museum
  • Child Watch Coalition
  • Christmas Food Basket Drive
  • Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
  • Eljay Foundation
  • Family & Youth Counseling
  • Foundation SWLA
  • Friends of Families
  • Hamilton Christian Academy
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary
  • Junior League of Lake Charles, Inc.
  • Kid Power
  • Lake Area Ulster Project
  • Lake Charles Kiwanis Club
  • Lake Charles Leadership Council
  • Lake Charles Messiah
  • Lake Charles Safe Kids Coalition
  • Lifeshare Blood Center
  • Louisiana Region 5 Science Fair
  • Mayor’s Commission on Disabilities
  • McNeese State University
  • NAMI SWLA
  • National Student Nurses Association
  • Nepenthe House
  • New Life Counseling, Inc.
  • Optimist Club of Lake Charles
  • Our Lady Queen of Heaven School
  • Rape Crisis Center

  • Margaret Catholic School
  • Salvation Army
  • Sowela Foundation
  • Southwest LA Aids Council
  • SWLA Center for Health Services
  • SWLA District Senior Games
  • Washington Marion High School
  • Westlake High School
  • Women’s Commission of SWLA
  • Women’s Shelter
  • United Way
  • Volunteers of America Sharing Our Knowledge—Community/Patient Education:
  • Adult Diabetes Support Group
  • Adult/Adolescent Attention Deficit Disorder Support Group
  • Bosom Buddies Breast Cancer Support Group
  • Cancer Support Group
  • CMN Children’s Health Fair
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Support Group
  • Compassionate Friends Support Group
  • Crohn and Ulcerative Colitis Support Group
  • Diabetes Self Management Education and Support Group
  • Down Syndrome Support Group
  • Health Education Seminars
  • Health Screenings (cholesterol, glucose, skin cancer, prostate cancer, ostomy, personal wellness profile, blood pressure, vision, stroke, reduced cost mammography)
  • HealthSource newspaper
  • HealthSource television program
  • Hospital Tours for Children
  • Leukemia/Lymphoma Support Group
  • Mended Hearts
  • Multiple Sclerosis Society Support Group
  • Parkinson’s Disease Support Group
  • Post Polio Support Group
  • Professional Education—ACLS, PALS
  • Reach to Recovery
  • A.M. (School-Age Mothers)
  • Stroke Victim’s Support Group
  • Transplant (Gift of Life) Support Group

A Look to the Future

For all of the successes today, tomorrow holds many challenges.

One of the hospital’s biggest concerns continues to be the rising cost of uncompensated healthcare. With over 40 million uninsured, a significant part of the country’s population is in need of healthcare, but has limited access to services. For example, 15 percent of patients at CHRISTUS St. Patrick are uninsured or underinsured. The hospital must absorb the widening gap between the cost of care giving and the reimbursement provided by government and other payers.

As we move forward, we will see many changes that could affect the cost of medical care. More emphasis will need to be placed on preventive care, education, home health programs and outpatient procedures. CHRISTUS St. Patrick recognizes that it is the right of all Americans to have access to basic healthcare services. Further, these services should be provided in a supportive and humane manner through a system that is cost-efficient.

We look forward to the future with great resources at our disposal—a caring and energetic staff of exceptional medical professionals and the unwavering strength and commitment of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, based on a tradition and a spirit for health and well-being that is unending. Extending the healing ministry within our walls and throughout our community continues to be our mission and vision. Check the Wellness section on the Hospital’s web-site for the latest on health news and information.

We are proud of our part and determined that our future will shine even brighter.  The time has come to ensure that CHRISTUS St. Patrick’s legacy continues far beyond for future generations, and we hope that you will be part of this endeavor.