Jennie Stuart Health Visitation Guidelines Updated July 11th 2022

  • 7/11/2022
  • by Jennie Stuart Health

Jennie Stuart Health (JSH) Visitation Guidelines

New Visitation Guidelines include: Effective: Monday, July 11, 2022 

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 switch out during their loved one’s visit in the Emergency Department.

Inpatient Non-COVID Patients MED SURG: Three (3) visitors at a time are allowed following appropriate screening and masking protocols from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. Visitors will be allowed to alternate during the designated hours of visitation. One (1) visitor will be allowed to stay overnight.

Inpatient Non-COVID Patients PCU: Two (2) visitors at a time are allowed following appropriate screening and masking protocols from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Visitors will be allowed to alternate during the designated hours of visitation. One (1) visitor will be allowed to stay overnight.

Intensive Care Unit Non-COVID (ICU): Two (2) visitors are 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, our visitors may alternate with alternative visitor(s) each day continuing no more than two (2) visitors at a time.

Maternity and NICU: Visitation is limited to one (1) birthing partner or coach that should remain the same throughout the duration of the mother’s stay with the addition of one (1) more support person. There is no alternating visitors in Labor and Delivery. Postpartum may have three (3) visitors daily; the support person/coach plus two (2) others, no alternating. NICU is limited to the parents of the baby only. Siblings may visit daily 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

EXCEPTION – No visitors 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 be allowed to have daily limited visitation with one (1) designated visitor in PCU and Medical-Surgical areas from 4p.m. to 6 p.m. The designated visitor should remain the same throughout the duration of the hospital stay. Note: Visitors to COVID patients must comply with enhanced respiratory precautions including N95 masks, as well as gowns during the designated visitation. ICU will allow COVID -19 patient visitation only if the patient’s condition warrants a restricted visit related to the patient’s outcome.

Outpatient Infusions/Outpatient Laboratory and Radiology Procedures: May have one (1) support person to accompany them for their appointment.

Surgery patients: One (1) visitor will be allowed to accompany the patient to the holding area. After completion of pre-surgical processes one (1) additional visitor may join with no alternating. Once the patient’s surgical procedure is complete, the patient’s visitor(s) will be notified of next steps and visiting opportunities.

JSH Visitation Guidelines: No visitors under the age of 12 years old will be allowed. EXCEPTION: Siblings may visit daily 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on our Maternity unit 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 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. Visitors may also utilize this entrance.

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 COVID-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 04/21/2022)

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