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UPDATED: VISITOR POLICY

Here is our latest visitor policy as it pertains to various departments:

 

Attention: All visitors must wear a mask over both the nose and mouth at all times while you are inside the hospital, including inside the patient’s room.

 

Emergency Room:

 

  • Visitors must have their temperature checked at the temperature station; those with a temperature of 100.4 or greater will be asked to leave the building.
  • Minors can have both parents in their room.
  • All other patients are allowed ONE “support” person—it will need to remain the same person throughout the entire ER visit (For end of life/critical prior to transfer situations, two visitors are allowed at any one time but must stay in the patient’s room).
  • All other persons must wait outside the building and the patient or support person/parents can contact them by phone.
  • No visitors or support persons will be allowed in rooms of COVID positive or suspected positive patients.
  • All meals for visitors must be off campus as the cafeteria is open to employees only at this time.
ER Visitor Information Guide:

 

For your safety and the safety of your loved one, we ask that you remain in the room with the patient, unless asked to step out by the nursing staff.  All visitors must wear a mask over both the nose and mouth at all times while you are inside the hospital, including inside the patient’s room. All other family members must remain outside the hospital and can be contacted via phone by the patient or support person/parents; or staff when necessary for patient care.

 

Medical/Surgical/Pediatrics Unit and ICU:

 

  • Visiting hours will be Sunday through Saturday from 8am – 8pm.
  • All visitors must wear a mask over both the nose and mouth at all times while you are in the hospital, including inside the patient’s room.
  • A maximum of TWO visitors at a time will be allowed.
  • Visitors must have their temperature checked at the temperature check station; those with a temperature of 100.4 or greater will not be allowed to visit and will be asked to leave the building.
  • Visitors will receive a badge indicating which room they are visiting.
  • No visitors or support persons will be allowed in rooms of COVID positive or suspected positive patients.
  • All meals for visitors must be off campus as the cafeteria is open to employees only at this time.
Nursing Unit Visitor Information Guide:

 

During visiting hours, you will have access to the patient’s healthcare provider to ask questions and share healthcare information. All visitors must wear a mask over both the nose and mouth the entire time you are inside the hospital, including inside the patient’s room. For your safety and the safety of your loved one, we ask that you remain in the room with the patient, unless asked to step out by the nursing staff.  If a loved one has a need, please use call light to speak with the staff.  Due to infection control concerns, we ask that you do not enter the nurses’ station; we will be glad to speak to you in the patient room.

 

End of Life Situations:

 

  • No more than TWO visitors are allowed in the patient’s room at any one time. Visitors must stay in the patient’s room. Other family members may say their goodbyes, but only the spouse and adult children may stay with the patient continuously.
  • We offer tele-health visits for COVID-positive or suspected positive patients.
  • Personal clergy may be allowed; this will be arranged through Pastoral Care.
  • All visitors must wear a mask over both the nose and mouth at all times while you are in the hospital, including inside the patient’s room.
  • All meals for visitors must be off campus as the cafeteria is open to employees only at this time.

 

Obstetrics Unit:

 

  • Due to the vulnerability of both the mother and infant, visitation will remain limited to the patient’s significant other (SO). The significant other is allowed to accompany the patient to the OB department.
  • The SO will be required to wear a mask at all times while inside the hospital and must get their temperature checked.
  • SO must remain in the room with the patient, and cannot be “swapped out” for someone else.
  • OB sonogram patients may have a SO accompany them in for the sonogram. If the patient is required to wait at any time in the waiting room, the SO must wait outside the building until the patient is ready to go back. This is so we can control the waiting room and reduce the risk to our patients.
  • All visitors must wear a mask over both the nose and mouth at all times while you are in the hospital, including inside the patient’s room.
  • All meals for visitors must be off campus as the cafeteria is open to employees only at this time.

 

Special Procedures:

 

  • Patients will be allowed ONE support person that can remain with the patient in their stall from admission until patient is taken back for his or her procedure.
  • Once the patient is taken back for his or her procedure, the support person will be instructed to leave the hospital.
  • Staff will call the patient’s support person when the patient returns from his or her procedure and will be given a time to pick the patient up. Discharge Instructions will be reviewed with the support person at this time.
  • Pain Management patients who are NOT receiving anesthesia (local only) will be allowed to have 1 support person accompany them to their appointment. The support person will be allowed to remain in the Special Procedure’s stall while the patient goes in for his or her procedure.
  • All visitors must wear a mask over both the nose and mouth at all times while you are in the hospital, including inside the patient’s room.
  • All meals for visitors must be off campus as the cafeteria is open to employees only at this time.

 

Same Day Surgery (SDS):

 

  • Patients will be allowed ONE support person that can remain with the patient in his or her stall from admission until the patient is taken back for his or her procedure. At this point, the support person will be asked to leave and will be contacted by phone for updates on the progress of the patient’s procedure.
  • Parents of pediatric patients may remain in the stall, or if the stall is needed, they will be sent to the waiting room (so they can be called back to recovery room, if needed).
  • Same Day total joint replacements will have a support person return to SDS once the patient returns to his or her stall to be included in post op education efforts.
  • All other SDS patients will have their support person meet them at the Main Entrance door upon discharge.
  • Morning Admit patient’s support person may visit patient post-op during visiting hours and must remain in patient room at all times.
  • All visitors must wear a mask over both the nose and mouth at all times while you are in the hospital, including inside the patient’s room.
  • All meals for visitors must be off campus as the cafeteria is open to employees only at this time.

 

The health and safety of patients, family members and staff is our number one priority and we are closely monitoring the developing situation and taking a proactive approach to prevent the spread of viral illness. Thank you for your continued understanding.