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Visitation Safety Measures

New Visitation Safety Measures - Effective 4/18/22

To help prevent further community spread of COVID-19, we have implemented new visitation safety measures as of April 18, 2022.

We urge you to be up to date on your COVID-19 vaccinations before visiting patients or others in the hospital. COVID-19 vaccinations, including booster shots, will help keep you and your loved one safe while visiting.

Adult Inpatient Units: One visitor at a time to maintain safe social distancing:

  • Monday – Friday 10 am - 6 pm
  • Saturday – Sunday 10 am - 6 pm

Behavioral Health: Virtual visitation may be arranged as requested by the patient or caregiver.

Obstetrics: Up to two (spouse/coaches/visitors) at a time.

Emergency Department: One person at a time permitted to accompany patient, provided space is sufficient to achieve compliance with social distancing. Exceptions may be made for care plan discussions as arranged with the care team or for end of life. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents/guardians if space allows.

End of Life in any inpatient area, including COVID positive patients and PUIs: Up to four family members may visit patients likely to expire within 24 hours (all areas) – visit times to be managed by the care team.

Patients in isolation for COVID-19 infection or being evaluated for COVID-19 infection: No visitation except for extenuating circumstances as determined by the care team. Visitors must wear appropriate PPE.

Physician Practices: Adult patients may be accompanied by one person if space allow. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents or guardians. Obstetrics patients may be accompanied by one person.

Ambulatory/Diagnostic Areas: Adult patients should come alone or arrange for drop-off and pick-up unless they need special assistance. Surgical patients may come with one adult escort/support person as long as space allows. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by two parents/guardians, provided space is sufficient to achieve compliance with social distancing. Obstetrics ultrasound patients may be accompanied by one spouse/coach.

All visitors and escorts must:

1. Perform hand hygiene prior to entering and upon leaving the patient’s room/care area;
2. Remain at least six feet from the patient at all times (as much as possible);
3. Wear a mask at all times in the facility, including patient rooms;
4. Cover mouth/nose when coughing or sneezing, use and dispose of tissues and perform hand hygiene after contact with respiratory secretions; and
5. Not go to any locations in the facility other than the room of the patient they are visiting or other designated areas.

All visitors/escorts are subject to screening for COVID-19. Visitors/escorts with any COVID-19 symptoms will NOT be allowed to enter SMHC facilities.

These safety measures are for the protection of patients, employees, visitors and the public, are consistent with guidance from governmental authorities, and are adopted for the purpose of reducing the potential for propagation of the COVID-19 virus.