Franciscan Missionaries Releases COVID-19 Statement

BATON ROUGE – From the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System:

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System, like health systems across America, has been faced with significant financial hardships as COVID-19 has led to the necessary suspension of non-urgent/emergent surgical procedures, diagnostic procedures and clinic visits and, therefore, a decrease in overall volume of non-COVID patients.

“Our first priority is on caring for our community and responding to the pandemic. Since the onset of COVID-19 in Louisiana, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System (FMOLHS) has seen, on average, a 50 percent reduction in overall volumes leading to net revenue losses of approximately $120 million in March and April,” said Richard R. Vath, M.D., President and CEO. “Despite these unprecedented decreases in revenue, the health system remains in a good financial position.”

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To address the unexpected financial challenges, in March FMOLHS implemented expense reduction strategies such as reduced hours for certain employees to match reduced volumes, executive salary reductions, postponing expenditures where possible and evaluating contract terms in light of the COVID-19 response.

“We have had to take steps to adjust to this new, if temporary, reality. While difficult, these actions are made to ensure the long-term sustainability of our health system and Sisters’ Mission beyond this pandemic. Our teams and our Board understand their responsibilities as well as preserving our collective future,” Dr. Vath said. “We are aligned with the Governor and our other state and federal partners in evaluating and anticipating the appropriate time to safely resume procedures that have been suspended.”

Similar to many healthcare organizations, FMOLHS has received $40 million from the federal CARES Act.

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