Visitation Updates

EFFECTIVE DATE: 3/29/21


The following Visitation Policies have been temporarily revised due to the COVID-19 Pandemic:

GENERAL POLICIES FOR ALL VISITORS:

Visitation Policies apply from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily. (Unless criteria is met for care-giver to remain with patient at all times). On the week-ends, visitors must enter through West entrance of hospital and be screened at Nurses Station before going to a patient room. If screening criteria is not met, visitor will not be allowed to visit patient.

All visitors must wear a mask at all times while in facility

No visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed unless they are parents of a patient

We certainly want to be considerate of all patients, but we have to remember that we remain in a pandemic situation and must do everything we can to reduce the potential for spread of COVID-19.

SCREENING CRITERIA FOR VISITATION TO MED-SURG DEPARTMENT:
• Flu-like symptoms
• Cough/Shortness of breath
• Fever
• Resides with a (+) COVID -19 person
• Had any contact with a (+) COVID - 19 person within the last 14 days
• Had a recent loss of smell or taste
(If Visitor fails any of the above screens, he/she will not be allowed to visit patient)


VISITATION TO COVID -19 HALL:

No visitors will be allowed on COVID-19 Hall while patient in under investigation for COVID - 19 except for the following situation:

For those patients admitted to COVID - 19 Hall, who "normally require full-time care or are developmentally disabled and usually reside with a parent, guardian, or care-giver", that care-giver may be allowed to remain with the patient(s) during the hospital stay. The care-giver must abide by hospital visitation policies which includes remaining in room at all times and wearing PPE as required by DHI. A meal will be served to the caregiver that remains with patient at all times.

VISITATION TO MED-SURG HALL:

One visitor/family member per day is allowed on the Med-Surg Hall as long as the visitor meets all screening criteria as noted below. That visitor/family member must remain in the room with the patient at all times while present and must follow all visitation guidelines established by the facility.

For those patients admitted to the Med-Surg Unit, who "normally require full-time care or are developmentally disabled and usually reside with a parent, guardian, or care-giver", that care-giver may be allowed to remain with the patient(s) during the hospital stay. The care-giver must abide by hospital visitation policies which includes remaining in room at all times and wearing PPE as required by DHI. A meal will be provided for the caregiver that remains with patient at all times.

Nursing Home residents who are admitted to the hospital shall be placed on Airborne/Contact Isolation and NO VISITORS will be allowed unless meeting the screening criteria.

If the resident is terminally ill, is followed by Hospice or the Physician orders Compassionate Visits, an immediate family member may visit, following specific isolation guidelines.


VISITATION TO ER and LABOR & DELIVERY DEPARTMENT:

No visitors will be allowed in ER unless the patient is a minor, needs an interpreter, or is in an end-of-life situation.

One adult visitor will be allowed with OB patient in L&D for the entire patient stay as long as the visitor meets screening criteria.

Reference: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR)

We apologize for any inconvenience these guidelines may cause. We wish you good health, and we appreciate your understanding and your willingness to help us provide the safest possible environment for all our patients