Our hospital is committed to providing the highest quality care and ensuring the safety of our patients, employees, providers, and visitors. We are continuing to monitor the evolving situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) and are taking the necessary steps to ensure we are fully prepared to care for patients, in accordance with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and in partnership with our local and state health departments.

Below are a number of resources to help educate you and your family on COVID-19. For more information on the virus, please contact the Louisiana Department of Health or the Louisiana Hospital Association.

Vaccine Information:

  • Franklin Foundation Hospital Vaccine Distribution Information:
    • People who are interested in receiving the COVID-19 vaccine can contact the Louisiana Department of Health vaccine hotline at 1-855-453-0774 or visit https://ldh.la.gov/covidvaccine-locations/

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In following guidance from the Louisiana Department of Health, Franklin Foundation Hospital will be restricting visitors in an effort to keep our healthcare workers and patients safe from the threat of COVID-19.  For the protection of our employees, patients and our community, we are enforcing the following measures.

  • ALL VISITORS and EMPLOYEES MUST WEAR A MASK AT ALL TIMES WHILE IN THE FACILITY:
    • Visitors that are identified as high risk per the criteria will be asked to go home and will not be able to visit the patient.
    • COVID positive visitors are not allowed into the facility.
    • Visitors that are exhibiting symptoms will be asked to leave the facility.
    • For the safety of our staff and community, we are not allowing visitors for COVID positive patients.
    • Please see department specific visitor guidelines below.
    • We are also asking all visitors to maintain appropriate 6 ft. social distancing at all times.
  • Restricted Entrances:  We will be restricting access to the main entrance of the hospital and our Emergency Department entrance. Doors will only be open from 7am-5pm daily.
  • Emergency Department –

    • Visitor rules above also apply
    • No visitors will be allowed with adult patients unless the patient is terminal and declining
    • Patients under 18 years old will be allowed 1 parent or guardian
  • Med/Surg Department –

    • Visitor rules above also apply
    • Visitation will be allowed from 7am-5pm.
    • 1 asymptomatic visitor per patient per day for non-COVID adult patients. Visitors must wear their own mask at all times.
    • 2 asymptomatic parents/guardians per pediatric non-COVID patient per day. Only 1 visitor will be allowed to stay overnight.
    • No in-person visitors will be allowed for COVID positive patients at this time (except in the exception listed below).
    • In an effort to allow families to be with their loved one in their final moments, special considerations may be given. In certain circumstances, we may allow more visitors for patients who are terminally ill and declining. Please consult with the patient’s nurse and/or physician to coordinate more than 1 visitor.
  • Intensive Care Unit- 1 Adult Visitor Per Patient during visitation hours
    • Same as Med/Surg department
    • Visitation hours will be observed at 10am-11am, 2pm-3pm, and 6pm-7pm.
    • In an effort to allow families to be with their loved one in their final moments, special considerations may be given. In certain circumstances, we may allow more visitors for patients who are terminally ill and declining. Please consult with the patient’s nurse and/or physician to coordinate more than 1 visitor.
  • OB/Nursery – 2 Asymptomatic Visitors Per Mom
    • We are allowing the second visitor to birthing mothers for support, but all other visitor rules apply.
  • Pediatric Patients – 2 Asymptomatic Visitors Per Child during the day/1 Overnight

    • We are allowing the second visitor to children for support, but all other visitor rules apply.
    • Adult support person/visitor – is defined as one designated adult, 18+ yrs. or older,  that may visit a patient and will be the only person allowed to visit that patient during the patient’s stay.
  • Outpatient Areas and Physicians’ Practices: No visitors unless necessary for care and treatment of patient
    • This may include elderly, special needs, and pediatric patients.
  • Employees and Vendors:  To further protect our patients, employees and our community, we ask that ALL employees and vendors self-screen for symptoms and speak up if you notice someone symptomatic.
  • Boulevard Bistro:  Our Boulevard Bistro (cafeteria) is CLOSED to the general public for the time being. We will update the public when it is safe to re-open.
  • Dedicated webpage about COVID-19:  We have created a page on our website dedicated to COVID-19.  Please visit https://www.franklinfoundation.org/be-prepared-for-coronavirus-covid-19/ for up-to-date information and useful links to the CDC, LDH, LHA, NIH and Hand Hygiene.

Franklin Foundation Hospital strongly encourages those who are experiencing minor symptoms of COVID-19 to isolate themselves for 14 days, avoid contact with other people and pets, practice rigorous hand and body hygiene, disinfect surfaces regularly and avoid sharing items.

We continue to be in contact with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Louisiana Department of Health and Region III Office of Public Health.  While in precaution for potential COVID-19 cases, please remember that healthcare workers within the hospital are still treating patients who are in distress, experiencing health scares like heart attack and stroke, and so much more.  Now, more than ever, our Emergency Departments need to be used for emergencies.