Current Visitor Restrictions

Visitation for Patients Admitted to the Hospital

One visitor is permitted at a time for each hospitalized patient.

  • A patient can have any number of visitors throughout their hospital stay, but only one can visit at a time.
  • A total of two individuals can visit per day, but at different times. Each visitor can visit for up to 4 hours.

If a patient has only one visitor, that person can stay the entire day, and can leave the hospital and return during that day’s visiting time.

Visitors taking turns to visit a patient are asked to switch outside of the hospital.

All visitors must be at least 18 years old.

Visiting Hours

Visiting hours are between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Visitation is limited to up to 4 consecutive hours per visitor, per day.

Exceptions

  • Patients with COVID: Limited visitation is allowed under these guidelines. (Click the heading below to see the information.)
    • Only two designated visitors will be allowed throughout the patient’s hospital stay
    • Only one visitor allowed at the bedside at a time, for up to four hours during visiting hours (8 a.m.-8 p.m.)
    • Visitors must wear Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the duration of the visit and will not be allowed to come and go from the hospital during their visit time.
    • Visitors may leave the room only to use a restroom, and should follow procedures for removing PPE upon exiting the room and putting on new PPE before returning to it.
    • Visitors should remain on the unit until their visit is over, and following their visit, immediately exit the hospital.  
    • Social Work will reach out to COVID-positive patients and families to identify their designated visitors and schedule their first visits so staff can provide orientation on how to put on and take off PPE.
    • Visitors who do not follow these rules will not be permitted to stay.
    • Visitors should review the information below on use of PPE prior to their visit.
     
  • OB Patients in Labor: One identified support person and one visitor or doula during labor. After delivery, the support person is permitted to stay, and the visitor/doula can visit up to 4 hours each day.
  • End-of-life Patients: Two individuals may visit at the same time.
  • Emergency Room: One visitor is permitted for each patient.
    • One visitor may stay for entire duration of patient’s Emergency Room visit.
    • All visitors must be 18 years of age or older and able to remain appropriately masked while visiting.
    • Some areas of the Emergency Room may not permit visitation due to space limitations and safety precautions.
  • Intensive Care Unit (ICU): Two support persons per day will be allowed to visit the patient, at the same time, for up to four hours between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
    • Both support persons may be present at the same time.
    • Each support person may have one visit per day.

Guidelines for Patients Having Surgery

  • One visitor may accompany the patient through the pre-surgical process, but must leave the premises once the patient goes into surgery.
  • If the patient is admitted after surgery, the visitation and exception guidelines will be followed.

Highland Procedures Center, Radiology, Cardiology & Vascular and Radiation Oncology

  • Each patient may have one support person.
  • Support person may wait in the sitting area by the appointment.

When You Visit in the Hospital: Guidelines to Follow

  • A hospital-issued mask (we will provide) must be worn at all times. Wear your mask correctly: nose and mouth must be covered.
  • Wash your hands often: Wash with soap for at least 20 seconds and use sanitizer – ask for some if none is available to you.
  • Individuals who are sick or suspected of having COVID may not visit. You will be screened for symptoms on arrival to the hospital, and your temperature will be checked.
  • After screening, you will receive a visitor pass – which is only a one-day pass.
  • Social distance: stay 6 feet apart from other people.
  • Stay in your patient’s room: no walking in the halls unless necessary. If you smoke, please bring nicotine replacement.
  • When you leave the hospital, help everyone stay safe: remain masked, wash your hands after visiting, and maintain social distancing.