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Two area hospitals announced participation in using plasma from recovered patients to treat COVID-19.

St. Francis Medical Center and Glenwood Regional Medical Center announced today their participation as sites for convalescent plasma for hospitalized patients with severe or life-threatening COVID-19. / Prachatai /

The Louisiana Department of Health recommends COVID-19 testing for any patients who are experiencing symptoms such as fever, cough or shortness of breath. If you have these symptoms, contact your primary care physician for guidance.

Testing is available at all federally qualified health centers (community clinics) listed here.

The Department of Health has compiled a list of testing sites:

The Louisiana Department of Health has confirmed the first positive case of COVID-19 at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe.

From a statement by St. Francis Medical Center:

 As part of its ongoing response to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in Louisiana, and for the continued safety of patients and team members, St. Francis Medical Center today announced changes to its visitor guidelines and the addition of screening stations at designated entrances based on new Louisiana Department of Health requirements. These guidelines go into effect beginning today until further notice.

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A small section of Jackson Street near the main entrance of St. Francis Medical Center will be closed effective Wednesday, August 21 at 7 a.m. while the hospital's skybridge structure is removed. This construction is expected to take approximately 30 days to complete.This road closure will not impact any emergency vehicles gaining access to the hospital's emergency department. A detour path has been established for those needing to reach the front entrance of St. Francis Medical Center. Traffic traveling north on Jackson Street will be rerouted down Calypso Street, right on S.

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The St. Francis Foundation is selling tickets for the 2 Cars 2 Winners raffle until October 30, at 10:00 a.m. A 2018 Toyota 4Runner Limited and a 2018 Nissan Titan Pro 4X are being raffled off, and 100% of the proceeds from this raffle benefit St. Francis NICU, PICU and Pediatric Unit. 

More information about the 2 Cars 2 Winners raffle is available here.

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The University of Louisiana Monroe is hosting its annual program for academically advanced students. The President's Academy is a job training program where students select an academic track and spend a week shadowing professionals and working in groups to solve hypothetical problems.

Dr. Nick Bruno founded the President's Academy in 2012 to help give students an idea of what jobs their major encompasses and what it is actually like to work in those jobs. Dr. Joshua Stockley is an assistant professor of Political Science at ULM and organizes the President's Academy every year.

Two Cars for a Cause

Nov 2, 2017
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The St. Francis Foundation is raffling off a 2017 Nissan Titan and 2017 Toyota 4 Runner donated by Sparks Nissan and Van Trow Toyota to benefit  the St. Francis Medical Center NICU and pediatric services. The tickets for '2 Cars 2 Winners' are on sale now, and the drawing will be live on KNOE TV8 at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 15. 

St. Francis North Medical Center Makes a Move

Sep 23, 2016
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 St. Francis Medical  Center  has announced  they will  combine  services from St. Francis Medical Center- North , located on Highway 165 North  in Monroe to other locations.

 On  November 1. The North Campus office , out patient facility will be closed.

 Kristin Wolkart, St. Francis Medical Center President and CEO says, " We simply can’t afford to provide primary access from two acute care locations. While we receive some of the lowest Medicaid and uncompensated care reimbursement" 

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St. Francis Medical Center today announced the organization will consolidate services from St. Francis Medical Center-North, which is located on Highway 165 North, to other locations, including St. Francis’ main campus in downtown Monroe. The transition will begin on October 1 and be completed by Nov. 1. The North campus, which has served largely as an outpatient facility, will be closed.