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Maine Medical Center opens to additional visitors for non-COVID patients

April 22, 2022

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Matt Wickenheiser
207-662-6679 / matt.wickenheiser@mainehealth.org

Beginning Friday, April 22, adult inpatients will be allowed multiple visitors a day, and minors under 18 also are allowed to visit.

PORTLAND, MaineMaine Medical Center announced the following changes to its visitor policy, effective today:

  • Adult Inpatient: One visitor allowed in the room at any given time 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; no limit on the number of visitors per day. A minor under the age of 18 will be allowed in patient rooms with an adult visitor.
  • Pediatrics: Two visitors allowed in the room at any given time; no limit on number of visitors per day. A minor under the age of 18 will be allowed in the patient room with an adult visitor.
  • Mother/Baby: As patient condition allows, one visitor will be allowed in the room at any given time - no limit on number of visitors per day - along with one visitor under 18.

All visitors older than 2 must be masked. MMC asks that visitors and families avoid coming to the medical center in groups, to assist in maintaining appropriate social distancing in waiting areas.

More detailed visitation information on visitation at The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and the MMC Family Birth Center can be found here.

“These changes recognize the important role that family and visitors have in patient care, and will hopefully have a positive impact,” said Joel Botler, MD, MMC Chief Medical Officer. “We believe the safety measures we have in place appropriately protect the safety and well-being of our patients and care team members, and we will continue make adjustments as necessary.”

MMC continues to require masking in its facilities and encourages social distancing and hand hygiene whenever possible. While MMC does not require visitors to be vaccinated, the hospital strongly recommends everyone who is eligible receive COVID-19 vaccinations and booster shots.

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About Maine Medical Center
Maine Medical Center (MMC), recognized as a Best Regional Hospital by U.S. News and World Report for 2021-2022, is a complete health care resource for the people of Greater Portland and the entire state, as well as northern New England. Incorporated in 1868, MMC is the state’s largest medical center, licensed for 637 beds and employing more than 9,600 people. MMC's unique role as both a community hospital and a referral center requires an unparalleled depth and breadth of services, including an active educational program and a world-class biomedical research center. As a nonprofit institution, Maine Medical Center provides nearly 23 percent of all the charity care delivered in Maine. MMC is part of the MaineHealth system, a growing family of health care services in northern New England. For more information, visit www.mmc.org.

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