4.06.20 COVID-19 Update: Your Loved Ones
Dear Family and Friends,
I am reminded of these famous words of Saint Theresa of Avila:
“Christ has no body now on earth but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours. Yours are the eyes through which the compassion of Christ must look out on the world. Yours are the feet with which He is to go about doing good. Yours are the hands with which He blesses His people.
We ask for your prayers and support as we continue to respond to the needs of our residents (your family members) in this COVID–19 pandemic. As we hear on the news, the next couple of weeks will be very challenging.
Know that family members of residents showing signs of COVID–19 have been notified in every case and we remain in close contact with our medical directors. We are so grateful to our medical directors Dr. Luis Arencibia, Dr. Hector Cabrera, and Dr. David Myers for their leadership. Our staff continues to offer the care that residents need.
At this point, we are implementing plans to respond to the needs of COVID–19 patients requiring skilled services who are not currently residents at Chateau de Notre Dame. It‘s critical to assist hospitals in moving patients to create capacity that allows them to handle more clinically complex patients. Our plans include isolation units at both Chateau de Notre Dame and Wynhoven Health Care Center. This will require transferring approximately 15 residents in private rooms from Chateau de Notre Dame to Our Lady of Wisdom Health Care Center in Algiers. We will be reaching out to the family of residents being transferred.
The COVID–19 Skilled unit was opened at Wynhoven with a capacity to serve 10 residents that are positive. Our first priority was to move any positive residents from Chateau de Notre Dame, Wynhoven Health Care Center, and Our Lady of Wisdom into the private rooms in the Living Center on the Wynhoven campus. Our goal was to isolate both residents and staff in an effort to contain the spread, preserve limited personal protective equipment, support our hospital partners by receiving our residents back from the hospital, as well as admitting COVID–19 patients who are stable and needing skilled services as they discharge from the hospital.
As the COVID–19 virus continues to infect more people in the Greater New Orleans area, it will be necessary to expand the capacity at Wynhoven by converting a small wing separated with doors from the custodial population. We are planning to create a separate COVID–19 unit at Chateau with dedicated staff that will not be shared with other custodial units.
Notre Dame Health System has an obligation to serve our community and meet the needs for care, including COVID–19 positive patients.
We ask your prayerful support as we serve the ever changing needs of God‘s people.
May the hands of our caregivers be blessed as we reach out to God’s people!
Wayne Plaisance, President & CEO