In a sign of how far Washington Parish has come since the COVID pandemic started, Riverside Medical Center in Franklinton has relaxed the cautionary policies that have been in place for more than a year.
While the hospital will still require face masks to be worn, for the first time since early last year the front entrance can be used again. In addition, RMC is returning to the visiting policy that was in place before the pandemic started.
The main entrance will be open from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. After these hours, only the rear entrance at the Emergency Room will be open. Patients should enter the hospital onl;y through either the main entrance or the rear entrance at the Emergency Room.
Riverside will continue to offer COVID vaccines, but the vaccination clinic is being moved into a more permanent location. To schedule a vaccine appointment, call Haylee at 795-4527.
Vaccines are available to those 12 years and older. However, between 12 and 18 years of age requires parental consent.
Patients and visitors will also notice a new wheelchair ramp at the main entrance to the hospital. This ramp was made possible by the generous donations of Cargill, Mr. Richard Watts, Mrs. Claire McGuire, the Riverside Medical Center Foundation, and the Support Riverside PAC.
(Photo shows the RMC main entrance without the flashing electronic sign directing people to use the Emergency Room entrance.)