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Franklin Foundation Hospital Announces New Wellness Center

Release from Franklin Foundation Hospital

Franklin, LA – February 15, 2021. Franklin Foundation Hospital is pleased to announce the addition of a Wellness Center on the campus of Franklin Foundation Hospital.

“We continually evaluate new services to best meet the health needs of our community and are pleased to offer this center close to home for patients and family members,” said Stephanie Guidry, CEO.

The future site of the approximately 60,000-square-foot Wellness Center will be located between the Franklin Foundation Hospital Medical Office building and the railroad on Northwest Blvd. The state-of-the-art facility is expected to receive about 20,000 outpatient visits annually. The facility will offer Orthopeadics, Cardiology, Outpatient Physical- Occupational-Speech Therapy Services, Outpatient Cardiac Rehab, Senior Behavioral Health, Conference Rooms, Community Education Rooms, Wellness Testing Center and a Fitness Facility.

With the addition of this facility, Franklin Foundation Hospital will add new and much needed services to our community. One of the new services offered will be Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation which assist cardiovascular, pulmonary and/or respiratory patients in restoring and maintaining optimal health through exercise conditioning, strength training, diet education and emotional support. Another new service offered will be a Senior Intensive Outpatient Behavioral Health program which provides treatment for seniors experiencing depression, anxiety, and other behavioral symptoms.

Other new services offered at the Wellness Center will include a fitness facility, community education room, banquet facilities, and a Bistro offering healthy snacks. The fitness center shall be a full-service fitness facility open to the public at reasonable membership rates and include an indoor walking track, exercise studios including cycling, mind, body and soul, group exercise room, an indoor lap pool and an exercise/therapy pool. The community education room will be utilized by the hospital and healthcare provider to offer valuable education on topics such as arthritis, diabetes, hypertension, women’s health and much more. The banquet facility will be available for rent to host weddings, conferences, Mardi Gras Balls and other events as needed.

Franklin Foundation Hospital will continue their partnership with OrthoLA and Dr. Brent Rochon (Cardiologist) offering expanded treatment room availability for a more efficient treatment experience and shorter wait times for patients.

Speech Therapy services will move from within the hospital to larger more effective treatment environment with access to an indoor therapy pool resulting in better outcome for our Therapy patients.

The Wellness Center is the first in St. Mary Parish to integrate physical and behavioral health services. This Wellness Center is an example of health reform taking shape on the local level by improving access to care and integrating behavioral and physical health care.

“At Franklin Foundation Hospital, we are working together with state and local governments to assist Louisiana in becoming physically and mentally healthier, this is our contribution” stated Stephanie Guidry, CEO.

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