Hospital Visitor Guidance (Effective Friday, April 1, 2022)
Having loved ones at the bedside to offer support and be a partner in the healing process is a top priority. Due to the COVID-19 visiting restrictions, we ask that all patients and visitors follow our policies to minimize the number of people on the hospital campus at any one time, to reduce the number of people any one individual is exposed to throughout the day, and to help promote physical and social distancing.
Visiting Hours: 1 pm-7 pm (7 days a week)
- Visitors must be 18 years or older. An exception is made for those visiting postpartum patients with an accompanying adult.
- Visitors will be screened for symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, myalgia, or new onset of loss of taste and smell).
- Non-COVID-19 patients may have visitors.
- Visitors for COVID-positive patients are only permitted for laboring patients and those receiving end-of-life visits.
- We encourage alternative electronic methods such as Skype, FaceTime, WhatsApp or Google Duo. The hospital provides IPADs to facilitate communication, if necessary.
- Visiting clergy on official business to tend to the sick are not considered visitors. However, they must follow all COVID precautions, including screenings and wearing of PPE. Upon arrival on the unit, all visiting clergy should contact the charge RN and or RN caring for the patient. Staff can update them and assist with any additional PPE application.
Exceptions: Please reach out to the patient's care team to discuss exceptions to the visitation policy. All exceptions will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
Visitors are expected to:
- Wear a mask at all times while in the hospital. Visitors who do not arrive with a mask, as well as those who arrive with cloth masks) will be given a hospital-approved mask at the entrance.
- Wash or sanitize their hands upon entering the hospital and every time they enter a patient’s room.
- Remain in the patient’s room for the entire visit. Waiting rooms are closed.
- Only enter a waiting room if they are asked to leave the patient's room while care is being completed.
- Refrain from eating or drinking while in the patient’s room.
- Socially distance (6 feet apart) inpatient rooms and waiting rooms.
- Visiting hours for the inpatient units (non-Covid patients only) are between the hours of 1 pm-7 pm
- Patients may have more than one visitor per day but the number of visitors at one time may be restricted.
- Recommended length of visit is 30 minutes.
For the safety of patients, visitors, and staff, the CCU is closed.
- Laboring patients
- Patients presenting for delivery or concern for delivery: One designated support person and a doula (where applicable) can stay with the patient throughout labor and delivery. After delivery, patients may have one additional visitor at a time.
- COVID-positive patients may have one support person for the duration of the hospitalization and a doula (the doula can be present or participate virtually).
- Antepartum patients
- Patients are allowed one designated support person throughout the antepartum stay. The support person may stay 24/7. One additional visitor is allowed at a time.
- Postpartum patients
- After delivery, one designated support person can stay with the patient throughout the hospitalization and one additional adult visitor is allowed to visit at a time. No more than three visitors under the age of 18 may visit at one time and must be accompanied by an adult.
- At least one parent of the re-admitted newborns (boarders) must stay in the hospital for the duration of the newborn’s admission.
- Visiting Hours: 1 pm - 7 pm
Emergency Department (ED)
- COVID-positive patients and those being evaluated for COVID cannot have visitors.
- Patients must pick one person to stay with them, with an exception made for children, whose parents can swap being with them one time throughout their stay.
- The designated visitor is allowed to leave and come back once per day.
- End of life patients are allowed 2 visitors at a time.
Comfort Measures Only (CMO) Patients
- End of life, COVID-negative patients may have two visitors at a time.
- End of life visits for COVID-positive patients will be limited to 30 minutes, with a maximum of 2 visitors at a time. Visitors will be required to use additional PPE when in the room, with assistance from hospital staff for proper fit.