Jennie Stuart Health Visitation Guidelines Updated October 25th 2021

  • 10/23/2021
  • by Jennie Stuart Health
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Jennie Stuart Health (JSH) Visitation Guidelines
Effective: Monday, October 25th, 2021

Emergency Department: One (1) visitor will be allowed to accompany the patient. The one (1) visitor must remain in the patient room at all times. Visitors will be allowed to alternate with another visitor during their loved one's visit in the Emergency Department.

Inpatient Non-COVID Patients/Critical Care: Two (2) visitors are allowed at the same time following appropriate screening and masking protocols from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Different visitors may alternate the following day, but we ask that you limit the same 2 visitors each day.

Intensive Care Unit (ICU): One (1) visitor is allowed following appropriate screening and masking protocols from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. EXCEPTION - No visitation between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in order to allow patients to have an undisturbed rest period. Additionally, one (1) visitor may alternate with one (1) alternative visitor each day.

Maternity and NICU: Visitation is limited to one birthing partner that should remain the same throughout the duration of the mother's stay. NICU is limited to the parents of the baby only.

  • Post-partum: One (1) support person is allowed following appropriate screening and masking protocols from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Patients may have one (1) additional visitor daily in addition to their one (1) support partner. EXCEPTION - No visitation will be allowed during kangaroo care between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in order to allow undisturbed parent/infant bonding time.

Behavioral Health Unit: In person visitation remains suspended at this time. Zoom visitation appointments are available by contacting the unit directly.

COVID-19 patients and those patients being screened for COVID-19 will not be allowed to have visitors unless the patient's condition warrants a restricted visit related to the patient outcome.

Outpatient Infusions/Outpatient Laboratory and Radiology Procedures: No visitors will be allowed unless the patient is disabled or otherwise not able to attend their appointment without their support person.

Surgery patients: One (1) visitor will be allowed to accompany the patient and asked to wait in the surgical waiting room until the procedure is completed. Once the patient's surgical procedure is complete, the patient's visitor will be notified of next steps and visiting opportunities. Additionally, one (1) visitor may alternate with one (1) alternative visitor each day.

JSH Visitation Guidelines:

  • No visitors under the age of 16 years old will be allowed.
  • We ask that visitors remain in the patient room at all times during their visit. Waiting rooms are for patient use only.
  • Essential caregivers ( one healthy adult) must accompany patients under the age of 18 and adult patients who are physically dependent or vulnerable and require assistance.
  • With prior arrangement, visitors of patients at end-of-life may be allowed to visit outside of the posted visiting hours.

Visitor Entrance: Visitors should enter through the main hospital entrance near the Emergency Department. This entrance will be closed at 7:00 p.m. and will reopen at 6:00 a.m. the following day.

JSH's 18th Street Entrance remains open only for outpatient infusion, cardiac rehabilitation, and pulmonary rehabilitation patients. This entrance will be closed at 4:30 p.m. and will reopen at 7:30 a.m. the following day.

COVID-19 Screenings will be provided at each of these locations. No other hospital entrances will be open.

  • Visitors must provide their name, phone number, and patient they are visiting. Upon arrival, visitors will be screened for fever, COVID-19 symptoms, and will be asked if they have been in contact with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 patient within the last 14 days. Symptoms of COV/D-19 include: fever, cough, shortness of breath, chills, muscle pain, headache, sore throat, or new loss of taste or smell.
  • Visitors will be provided a surgical mask upon screening and will be required to wear a mask or face-covering while in the healthcare facility. Visitors may choose to wear their own cloth face-covering.
  • For the protection of our patients, visitors, and staff, visitors presenting with a fever greater than 100°F, symptoms of COVID-19, have been in contact with a lab-confirmed COVID-19 patient, and those unwilling to wear a mask will be asked to reschedule their visit to a later date.

JSH is constantly reviewing current recommendations, guidelines, and general COVID-19 information to make certain that our patients, visitors, staff, and providers are informed and protected. These guidelines are subject to change should there be a significant increase in the number or trajectory of COVID-19 cases within our community.

Thank you for your patience and understanding

(Updated 10/21/2021)

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