Franklin Foundation Hospital released the following statement Wednesday morning:
“With the recent increase in COVID cases in St. Mary Parish and throughout the region, Franklin Foundation Hospital has remained steadfast in its goal of providing world-class care to all our patients.
Here at Franklin Foundation Hospital, we have seen our fair share of COVID patients and managed them well. At one point, 100% of our admissions were COVID admissions. While we’ve done everything possible to protect the brave men and women on staff, the reality is, they are exposed to COVID at an increasingly high rate, and even with the best protection, are falling ill themselves, and the hospital is facing major staffing shortages.
For that reason, we have made the difficult decision to transfer multiple COVID patients to other facilities where they can receive the high level of care that we cannot provide in the immediate term due to such staffing shortages.
We are actively recruiting for the positions of high need, engaging with staffing agencies, and working with the Louisiana Department of Health-Region 3 to get some of our most immediate staffing needs filled. Many of these needs may be filled within the next 24 hours.
You can reach out to directly to Franklin Foundation Hospital with any questions at 337-355-1373. For information on Franklin Foundation Hospital’s COVID response measures, including the visitor policy, please check our website at www.FranklinFoundation.org. For the most up-to-date information about COVID, please consult the CDC website at www.CDC.gov. You can also call the Louisiana Office of Public Health Statewide Network by dialing 211 or visiting www.ldh.la.gov.”