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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 ever-changing 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

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Policy Statement:

The patient has the right to have visitors, including but not limited to a spouse, a domestic partner (including a same-sex partner), another family member, or a friend.  Patients have the right to withdraw or deny consent to visitation at any time.  Patients and visitors will be treated equally, regardless of race, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.

This policy applies to ALL areas in Franklin Foundation Hospital.  It covers all caregivers, volunteers, patients, and visitors.

Updated with COVID-19 Guidance- Policy Guidelines:                                                           

  1. Effective June 14, 2022

    St. Mary’s Parish is categorized as having a LOW COVID-19 Community Level.  This along with the low incidents of admissions and Emergency Room visits for severe illness from COVID-19, and the availability and effectiveness of vaccines, and booster injections, FFH will encourage the use of masks, but will no longer require that masks be worn for our patients, visitors, and caregivers.

NOTE: The following exceptions do apply-

  1. If the patient, visitor, and vaccinated caregiver wish to wear a mask they are encouraged to do so.
  2. If the patient or visitor requests the caregiver to wear a mask in their presence.  Caregivers should honor that request.
  3. Masks will still be required in patient care areas when patients present with respiratory illness, COVID-19 illness, is immunocompromised, or as required based on assigned isolation precautions.  This is applicable to the following areas-
    • ICU
    • Medical-Surgical Unit
    • Labor & Delivery
    • Emergency Department
    • Radiology
    • Therapy Department
    • Clinics
    • Surgical Services
  4. Unvaccinated caregivers are required to always wear a mask with the exception being when eating or drinking.
  5. Any visitors to a COVID positive patient are required to always follow the PPE guidelines when in the patient room.

Please note that we will continually monitor the risk of COVID-19 in our parish and the state.  Should there be an increase in our positivity levels, community level, hospitalizations, etc.  We will reevaluate our mask policy and we should anticipate that mask requirements could change.


Franklin Foundation Hospital still strongly encourages those who are experiencing minor symptoms of COVID-19 to follow up-to-date recommendations from the CDC regarding testing, isolation, and treatment protocols.

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.