Letter to the Editor – Hospital administrators

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This letter published in the Oct. 28, 2021, print edition.

Dear Editor:

Once again, our community is facing a resurgence of COVID-19. For 10 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 COVID-19 wave we experienced in July. The restrictions that accompanied the second wave affected us all.

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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.

Kirk Soileau, CEO Natchitoches Regional Medical Center

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

Beth Parsons, RN, Administrator CHRISTUS Dubuis

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

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

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

Chris Karam, FACHE, CEO CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Health System