Revised Visiting Hours – Effective October 22, 2020
At Presbyterian, the health and safety of our patients and workforce is our top priority. In order to protect our patients and staff, Presbyterian is revising our visitor policy while the threat of COVID-19 remains. We understand the importance of patients having access to their loved ones while receiving care at our hospitals, but we must also allow for safeguards to ensure the safety of our patients and workforce.
To protect our patients and employees, Presbyterian is not allowing regular visitation at this time. Adult visitors may be approved in certain situations. Visitors will not be allowed for patients with COVID-19 or those patients who are under investigation for the virus, except in specific situations.
Approved visitors must:
Pass a health screening, including temperature check
Wear a face mask
Wear other personal protective gear, as needed.
Limit the surfaces they touch and perform hand hygiene using hand gel or soap and water.
Stay in the patient’s room for their visit
Follow all requirements and directions provided by staff
Approved visitors may include:
One parent or guardian of a pediatric patient in the emergency department, admitted to the hospital or for a scheduled surgery. One additional family member will be allowed during specified visitation times.
One support person and one doula for patients in labor or delivery, family birthing units, or mother/baby care units
One support person for patients in the emergency department who are receiving critical care
One medical decision maker or power of attorney for any patient unable to advocate for themselves, needs assistance providing their medical history or understanding medical information, or is a new patient to cancer care
Additional visitors may be approved by our leadership team in special circumstances or if it is determined to be in the patient or family’s best interest at the time, such as unexpected end-of-life situations. Special circumstances may include patients who are receiving palliative or end-of-life care. If a special exception is made, the visitor(s) must follow all infection prevention policies and procedures, including wearing a face mask and other personal protective gear as instructed by staff.
Presbyterian Healthcare Services requires all patients over two years old and all approved family members visiting our emergency departments, hospital units or other services within our hospital sites to wear a face mask. You must have your face mask on when you arrive, including while walking to and from your vehicle in the parking lot, and keep it on the entire visit, unless otherwise directed by a provider.
If you or your loved one are admitted to the hospital for further treatment, we will provide you with a medical grade procedural mask.
Learn more about wearing a face covering or mask
Keep in Touch with Loved Ones in the Hospital
For those that can’t visit patients in our hospitals or emergency rooms, you can stay in touch using Skype video-calling for free on both Apple and Android.
We know that this will impact the connection between patients in our facilities and their loved ones. We encourage loved ones to connect with patients through options such as phone calls, Facetime, Skype, WhatsApp and other online platforms.
We continue to monitor the risk of COVID-19 closely and will make adjustments to visitor restrictions, as necessary. We appreciate the community’s partnership in helping us as we prevent the spread of COVID-19.