For the most up-to-date list of COVID testing facilities near you:

-Dial 211  -Text LACOVID to 898-211  -Visit LA211.org

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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Testing Info:

In order to continue to provide the best service that we can and to be stewards of our resources, Franklin Foundation Hospital is implementing some additional steps to combat the nationwide shortage of COVID-19 rapid tests.

We are recommending that patients use home testing kits if they are able. If the home test is POSITIVE, call your primary care provider to begin your treatment protocol. Please keep your positive tests available, as some providers will want to see them for validation.

In addition, many patients who call or show up in our Emergency Room or Medical Offices will be screened and directed to dial 211 to find the nearest free public testing site. Many patients who do not meet the criteria for a rapid test will be offered a PCR test that will be sent off and will give results in 48 hours.

We are currently working with the Louisiana Department of Health and our vendors to secure a greater supply of testing kits to better serve our community.

As the availability of testing supplies improves, we will expand our offerings, but for now, we must have rapid tests available for the patients who need them most.

In following guidance from the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), 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.

Below you will find departmental visitor policies based on that guidance from LDH. Please review the policy and the LDH Community Risk calculator (https://ldh.la.gov/coronavirus) prior to accompanying a patient for a visit or for visitation. With everyone’s help, we can beat COVID-19.

The following rules apply to all visitors regardless of which department of the hospital you are visiting:                                                           

  • All visitors and employees mist wear a mask at all times while in the facility.
  • 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.
  • Department specific visitor guidelines are listed below.
  • We are also asking all visitors to maintain appropriate 6 ft. social distancing at all times.

EXCEPTIONS:

  • Minors and those requiring special assistance will be allowed to have at minimum 1 visitor while being treated.
    • 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.
  • Special consideration will also be made for those critically or terminally ill or dying. If you believe special consideration should be given for your loved one, please discuss with your nurse or physician to coordinate.

Restricted Entrances-

During times of high risk, the main hospital entrance will only be open from 7am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. The doors will remain closed through the weekend.

Medical emergencies can enter through the emergency room entrance.

  • Emergency Department –
    • Low Risk;
      • 1 visitor per patient
    • Moderate Risk:
      • 1 visitor per patient
    • Substantial Risk:
      • No visitors will be allowed unless patient meets exception criteria above
    • High Risk:
      • No visitors will be allowed unless patient meets exception criteria above
  • Med/Surg Department –
    • Low Risk;
      • No restrictions on visitors
    • Moderate Risk:
      • No restrictions on visitors
    • Substantial Risk:
      • Only 2 visitors per day will be allowed
      • No overnight visitors
    • High Risk:
      • Only 1 visitor for the entire hospital stay
      • No overnight visitors will be allowed
    • 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-
    • Same as Med/Surg department except visitation will only be allowed at 10am-11am, 2pm-3pm, and 6pm-7pm, regardless of community risk level.
  • OB/Nursery –
    • Low Risk;
      • No restrictions on visitors
    • Moderate Risk:
      • No restrictions on visitors
    • Substantial Risk:
      • Only 2 visitors per day will be allowed
      • No overnight visitors
    • High Risk:
      • Only 1 visitor for the entire hospital stay
  • Outpatient Areas and Physicians’ Practices
    • Low Risk;
      • No restrictions on visitors
    • Moderate Risk:
      • No restrictions on visitors
    • Substantial Risk:
      • Only 1 visitors
    • High Risk:
      • No visitors will be allowed unless one of the exceptions above are met.
  • 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) will follow the following guidelines:
    • Low Risk;
      • Fully open to the public
    • Moderate Risk:
      • Fully open to the public
    • Substantial Risk:
      • Open to the public for take-out only
    • High Risk:
      • Closed to the public
  • To find the Community Risk level from LDH, please visit https://ldh.la.gov/coronavirus and click on St. Mary Parish.
  • 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 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.