For Hospital Visitors

Date Last Updated: 03/20/2020

New Policy on Procedures

Our organization is postponing surgeries for 30 days for patients for whom the provider believes it is safe to postpone. We have begun to put processes in place to comply with this rule and are doing so as soon as responsibly possible for the patient.

With the consultation of physician leadership in both Louisiana and Mississippi, and with direction of the FMOLHS COVID-19 Response Task Force, we are following the recent notice of LDH regarding surgical procedures.

The memo states:
The Department hereby directs that any and all medical and surgical procedures that, in the medical opinion and judgment of the physician or other appropriate healthcare professional acting within the scope of his/her license, can be safely postponed for a period of thirty days.

If you have questions about your particular case, please reach out to your surgeon or healthcare provider. 

Visitation Policy Update

Prevention is the key to containment of viruses like COVID-19 which is why for the safety of our patients and team members, we are implementing new rules for visitors until further notice.  

Beginning March 21, our hospital will transition to a ZERO visitor policy, with the following exceptions/limitations to have only one (1) visitor. 

  • Pediatric patients
  • Laboring mothers
  • End of life (immediate family members--spouse/parents/sibling over age 18)
  • Critically ill patients as determined by the treating physician (Immediate family members include: Spouse/Parents or Adult Sibling >18 years old) 
  • Patients with special needs identified by the clinical care team (example: dementia and mobility impairments with increased risk of injury)

All visitors must be 18 years of age or older. 

Visitors include parents and/or caregivers.

Visitors will notice we have limited the number of entrances in order to screen every guest. We have marked entrances with clear signage and ensured they are accessible regardless of weather or disability.

Visitors who are allowed in the facility based on the exceptions above will be required to go through a screening process including a temperature check and answering symptom questions, including cough or shortness of breath.

We are temporarily discontinuing public attendance at hospital chapel Mass. Daily Mass will continue to be celebrated and made available via the closed circuit television system for the patients in our care.

Please wait to visit if you're not feeling well today.

  • Stay home when you are sick. Please do NOT visit patients in the hospital if you have a fever, cough, vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Anyone coming into the hospital with flu or cold symptoms will be asked to wear a mask.

Hand Hygiene

  • Visitors and patients should wash their hands frequently with soap and water or use hand sanitizer.
  • Washing your hands with soap and water is the preferred method unless otherwise indicated. Hand sanitizer stations are also available throughout the hospital. The isolation sign on the patient's door will indicate the best method for hand hygiene.
  • Hand hygiene should always be done before and after patient contact.

We are expanding our offerings of video visits, and encouraging new and existing patients to be seen by a provider from home.

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