Date Last Updated: 10/7//2021
Visitation Policy Update
As our ministry continues to respond to COVID-19, our highest priority remains to be the safety of our patients, families, and team members. Prevention is the key to containment of viruses like COVID-19, which is why for your safety, St. Francis Medical Center will allow limited visitation for patients.
This new visitation policy is effective October 7, 2021 and is based on COVID-19 positive cases being less than 10% in Ouachita Parish.
Patient Visitation Guidelines
Each non-COVID positive patient will be allowed a total of three visitors each day (which includes one support person who may remain overnight, if desired)
We strongly recommend people who have chronic conditions such as diabetes, lung or heart disease or are older than 70 do not visit patients in our facilities for their own protection.
Exceptions to the Visitor Policy:
With the well-being and protection of our team, patients and community in mind, we require all visitors to wear masks upon entering our facilities: and practice social distancing. This includes members of our team, even in non-clinical areas. Visitors must mask when a caregiver enters the room.
We understand and recognize how important the support of family and loved ones are to our patients while we care for them. We encourage our patients to visit virtually with their loved ones through cellular devices, so they can still be connected and feel supported during their time with us. We have iPads in the hospital to help facilitate virtual communication between patients and their loved ones, who may be unable to visit at this time.