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Central Louisiana Hospitals Encourage COVID19-Safe Holiday Activities December 8, 2020

Once again, our community is facing a resurgence of COVID19. For ten months, our community has been fighting this pandemic, and we are all ready for life to get back to normal. The good news is that safe and effective vaccines will soon be available. But not before we face a third wave of COVID19. Models show this third wave will be close to the size and impact of the COVID19 wave we experienced in July. The restrictions that accompanied the second wave affected us all. Nevertheless, our community worked together, followed the necessary restrictions and saw COVID numbers fall.

By working together as a community, we can still suppress the third wave of COVID19 here in Central Louisiana and reduce its impact. Limiting the size of gatherings, maintaining social distancing, hand-washing and wearing masks in public are all effective strategies in limiting the spread of COVID19. None of us wants to be separated from our loved ones during the holiday season. Setting aside the gathering of friends and family is a sacrifice. However, it is a sacrifice communities all over the country and world are being asked to make. If we can tolerate these inconveniences for a few more months, we can limit the spread of COVID19 long enough for vaccines to be approved, distributed and administered.

As representatives of the Central Louisiana medical community, and as your friends and neighbors, we ask you to join us in the fight against COVID19. Together, we can accomplish extraordinary things. We can suppress this third COVID19 wave and look forward to gathering with our family and friends in the future.

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Kelvin Spears, M.D., CMO
Alexandria Emergency Hospital

Peter C. Dancy, Jr., FACHE, CEO
Alexandria VA Health Care System

Chad Steward, CEO
All Saints Hospice

Timothy Curry, CEO
Avoyelles Hospital

Linda F. Deville, CEO
Bunkie General Hospital

Kevin Quinn, CEO
Byrd Regional Hospital

Louise Barker, CEO
Central Louisiana Surgical Hospital

Monte Wilson, MS, President
CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital

Sue Funk, BSN, CASC, Administrator
CHRISTUS Cabrini Surgery Center

Beth Parsons, RN, Administrator

Angela Williams, RHIT, FACHE
ClearSky Rehabilitation Hospital of Rosepine

David Goodson, CEO
Encompass Health Rehabilitation Hospital of Alexandria

Julie Wray, RN, BSN, Administrator
Guardian Hospice

Paul G. Mathews, CEO
Hardtner Medical Center

Claire Hick, MHA, CEO
Longleaf Hospital

David Holcombe, M.D., CMO
Louisiana Department of Health

Kirk Soileau, CEO
Natchitoches Regional Medical Center

Gene Amons, BSN, RN, MSA
Oakdale Community Hospital

Kristopher Aguillard, CEO
Mercy Regional Medical Center

Jason Cobb, FACHE, CEO
Rapides Regional Medical Center

Mike Harrell, CEO
River Bridge Specialty Hospital

Sam Ellard, CEO
Riverland Medical Center

Eugene Burge, President
Savoy Medical Center

Kathy Hall, CEO
Winn Parish Medical Center