Visitor Guidelines

Visitor Guidelines

Updated Visitor Guidelines

Updated: January 6, 2022

As our community deals with influenza (flu) season and remains in the midst of COVD-19, we have reviewed our visitation guidelines to ensure the safest way possible for our patients to have visitors. Effective Thursday, January 6, at 11 a.m., updated inpatient and outpatient visitor guidelines will be implemented for all St. Elizabeth Healthcare hospitals. Inpatient visitation will be restricted to one visitor per day during the established visiting hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Visitors will not be able to leave the facility and then return at a later time in the day.

These safety measures are being proactively implemented to do what’s best for our patients, associates and physicians as the influenza virus becomes prominent in the community and coupled with COVID-19, results in added illness.

PLEASE NOTE: COVID-19 positive inpatients may receive one visitor for one hour per day during the scheduled inpatient visitor timeframes. All visits should be coordinated with the charge nurse of the unit for COVID-positive patients.

Visitors of COVID-19 positive patients will be required to sign a waiver and will be instructed on proper isolation processes by team members.

**St. Elizabeth Dearborn visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. which aligns to Indiana state guidelines.

INPATIENT VISITOR GUIDELINES INCLUDE:

  • Inpatient visitation will be restricted to one visitor per day during the established visiting hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. Visitors will be unable to switch with other visitors throughout the day.
    • If multiple visitors are present at the same time, only one visitor will be permitted. We ask that you please coordinate with family and friends to determine the visitation schedule ahead of time.
    • Visitors are not permitted to congregate in hospital lobbies or internal/external common areas.
  • Community Clergy will be limited to one community clergy member per patient during the established hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. A clergy member will be not considered a visitor.
  • 1A Main Entrances are the only entrances where visitors may enter.
  • Visitation questions should be directed to the nursing unit at (859) 301-2000.
  • Children aged 14+ will be permitted and will count as the one visitor for that day.

**St. Elizabeth Dearborn visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. which aligns to Indiana state guidelines.

CAFETERIA & GIFT SHOPS:

  • The cafeteria and gift shops are closed to the public.

INPATIENT PROCEDURE/SURGERY:

  • Patients preparing for a procedure or surgery will be tested for COVID-19. From the point of testing until the time of the procedure/surgery is completed, the patient may receive one visitor. The patient and visitor must wear a mask throughout the visit.
  • Proper masks must be worn that cover the nose and mouth.

THE FAMILY BIRTH PLACE:

  • Labor and Delivery: A single designated support person for mothers delivering babies. No other visitors will be permitted.
  • Post Labor (1B Unit): A single designated support person for mothers. No other visitors will be permitted.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Limited to the two people with infant identification bracelets.
  • No children, including siblings of a newborn, will be permitted on any of these units.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT:

  • One visitor per ED patient will be permitted. Other visitors will need to remain in the car.
  • If the patient is less than 18 years of age, two visitors are permitted, one parent will be required to accompany them.
  • Patients admitted from the ED with visitors will be required to follow the inpatient visitation process.
  • Known COVID-positive patients are not permitted visitors.
  • If a patient is tested for COVID, the visitor may remain with the patient until test results are obtained. A positive test result will require the visitor to return to the car.
  • Proper masks and social distancing will be required at all times, including in the patient room.
  • Visitors must remain in the patient treatment room at all times, they may not come and go.

INPATIENT HOSPICE:

  • Inpatient Hospice will follow the hospital visitation guidelines.
  • Exceptions will be made for families of loved ones who are facing imminent death (see below).

IMMINENT DEATH NON-COVID & COVID POSITIVE PATIENTS:

  • Patient may have up to eight visitors a day, four at a time. Visiting time has no time limit when conducted within the visiting hours.
  • For COVID Positive Patients, visitors will be required to sign a waiver and will be instructed on proper isolation processes by team members.
  • Amount of visitation time may be determined based upon patient circumstances.
  • Proper masks and social distancing will be required at all times, including in the patient room.
  • Any visitation exceptions outside of these guidelines will need to be approved by the Nursing Supervisor.
  • Community Clergy will be limited to one community clergy member per patient during the established hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week. A clergy member will be not considered a visitor.

OutPatient VISITOR GUIDELINES INCLUDE:

Outpatient visitation will allow one patient care partner to accompany a patient for testing, rehab services and procedures. Waiting room limitations may apply.

If necessary, a child may act as the patient care partner for outpatient testing and rehab services but must stay with the patient.

OUTPATIENT TESTING:

  • One patient care partner may accompany a patient receiving outpatient testing.
  • If necessary, a child may act as the patient care partner but must stay alongside the adult.
  • All patients and visitors must wear a mask entire the visit.
  • Waiting room limitations may apply.

REHAB SERVICES:

  • One patient care partner may accompany a patient during rehabilitation services.
  • If necessary, a child may act as the patient care partner but must stay alongside the adult.
  • All patients and visitors must wear a mask entire the visit.
  • Waiting room limitations may apply.

CAFETERIA & GIFT SHOPS:

  • The cafeteria and gift shops are closed to the public.

CANCER CENTER:

  • One patient care partner (greater than age 14) will be given a blue sticker and should be masked upon arrival. Children and other visitors are not permitted. Arriving with children may result in cancellation of your appointment.
  • Patient care partner must wait in assigned patient room and leave only for the bathroom.
  • Minors (children under 18) who come in for outpatient services, procedures, or treatment ARE permitted to have TWO (2) adults accompany them. The adults may not switch out or be replaced by another adult once here and may not return once they leave the facility.
  • Excludes radiation therapy

CARDIAC CATHETERIZATION LABS:

  • One patient care partner (greater than age 14) will be given a blue sticker and should be masked upon arrival. Children and other visitors are not permitted. Arriving with children may result in cancellation of your appointment.
  • Patient care partner must wait in assigned patient room and leave only for the bathroom.
  • Minors (children under 18) who come in for outpatient services, procedures, or treatment ARE permitted to have TWO (2) adults accompany them. The adults may not switch out or be replaced by another adult once here and may not return once they leave the facility.
  • Excludes radiation therapy

ENDOSCOPY:

  • One patient care partner (greater than age 14) will be given a blue sticker and should be masked upon arrival. Children and other visitors are not permitted. Arriving with children may result in cancellation of your appointment.
  • Patient care partner must wait in assigned patient room and leave only for the bathroom.
  • Minors (children under 18) who come in for outpatient services, procedures, or treatment ARE permitted to have TWO (2) adults accompany them. The adults may not switch out or be replaced by another adult once here and may not return once they leave the facility.

ADVANCED HEART FAILURE MANAGEMENT CENTER / STRUCTURAL HEART & VALVE CENTER:

  • One patient care partner (greater than age 14) will be given a blue sticker and should be masked upon arrival. Children and other visitors are not permitted. Arriving with children may result in cancellation of your appointment.
  • Patient care partner must wait in assigned patient room and leave only for the bathroom.
  • Minors (children under 18) who come in for outpatient services, procedures, or treatment ARE permitted to have TWO (2) adults accompany them. The adults may not switch out or be replaced by another adult once here and may not return once they leave the facility.

INTERVENTIONAL RADIOLOGY:

  • One patient care partner (greater than age 14) will be given a blue sticker and should be masked upon arrival. Children and other visitors are not permitted. Arriving with children may result in cancellation of your appointment.
  • Patient care partner must wait in assigned patient room and leave only for the bathroom.
  • Minors (children under 18) who come in for outpatient services, procedures, or treatment ARE permitted to have TWO (2) adults accompany them. The adults may not switch out or be replaced by another adult once here and may not return once they leave the facility.
  • Excludes IR patients that report to same day surgery.

MATERNAL FETAL CENTER:

  • One patient care partner (greater than age 14) will be given a blue sticker and should be masked upon arrival. Children and other visitors are not permitted. Arriving with children may result in cancellation of your appointment.
  • Patient care partner must wait in assigned patient room and leave only for the bathroom.
  • Minors (children under 18) who come in for outpatient services, procedures, or treatment ARE permitted to have TWO (2) adults accompany them. The adults may not switch out or be replaced by another adult once here and may not return once they leave the facility.

PRE-ADMISSION TESTING:

  • One patient care partner may accompany a patient receiving outpatient testing.
  • If necessary, a child may act as the patient care partner but must stay alongside adult.
  • All patients and visitors must wear a mask entire the visit.
  • Waiting room limitations may apply.

PRECISION MEDICINE:

  • One patient care partner (greater than age 14) will be given a blue sticker and should be masked upon arrival. Children and other visitors are not permitted. Arriving with children may result in cancellation of your appointment.
  • Patient care partner must wait in assigned patient room and leave only for the bathroom.
  • Minors (children under 18) who come in for outpatient services, procedures, or treatment ARE permitted to have TWO (2) adults accompany them. The adults may not switch out or be replaced by another adult once here and may not return once they leave the facility.

PULMONARY FUNCTION LAB:

  • One patient care partner (greater than age 14) will be given a blue sticker and should be masked upon arrival. Children and other visitors are not permitted. Arriving with children may result in cancellation of your appointment.
  • Patient care partner attends pre-procedure discussion, leaves the facility for the procedure, and will be called back for the post-procedure discussion.
  • Minors (children under 18) who come in for outpatient services, procedures, or treatment ARE permitted to have TWO (2) adults accompany them. The adults may not switch out or be replaced by another adult once here and may not return once they leave the facility.

SAME DAY SURGERY – HOSPITAL BASED (*excludes Surgery Centers):

  • All individuals entering the hospital should be masked upon arrival.
    • Adult Patients
      • One Patient Care Partner (PCP), greater than age 14, will be given a blue sticker. Children and other visitors are not permitted. Arriving with children may result in cancellation of your appointment.
      • The PCP may attend both the pre-procedure and post-procedure discussions, but will leave the facility during the procedure. Our associate will notify you when to return.
      • If the patient’s driver is not a PCP, they will be asked to return once the patient’s procedure/surgery is complete. The driver will be notified for pick-up.
    • Minor Patients
      • Patients, under age 18, who come in for outpatient services, procedures, or treatment ARE permitted to have TWO (2) adults accompany them. The adults, will be given a blue sticker, but may not switch out or be replaced by another adult once here.
      • These same accompanying adults may attend both the pre-procedure and post-procedure discussions but will leave the facility during the procedure. Our associates will notify you when to return.

SAME DAY SURGERY – SURGERY CENTERS:

  • All individuals entering the surgery center should be masked upon arrival.
    • Adult Patients
      • Only the patient receiving the procedure/surgery may enter the building. No children are permitted with the patient. Arriving with children may result in cancellation of your appointment.
      • If the adult patient requires someone to accompany them due to cognitive or physical needs, one PCP will be screened, and permitted in order to provide necessary care.
      • If the patient’s driver is not a PCP, they will be asked to return once the patient’s procedure/surgery is complete. The driver will be notified for pick-up.
    • Minor Patients (children under 18)
      • Patients who come in for outpatient services, procedures, or treatment ARE permitted to have TWO (2) adults accompany them. The adults, will be screened, but may not switch out or be replaced by another adult once here.
      • These same accompanying adults may attend both the pre-procedure and post-procedure discussions but will leave the facility during the procedure. Our associate will notify you when to return.

WOMEN’S WELLNESS:

  • One patient care partner (greater than age 14) will be given a blue sticker and should be masked upon arrival. Children and other visitors are not permitted. Arriving with children may result in cancellation of your appointment.
  • Patient care partner must wait in assigned patient room and leave only for the bathroom.
  • Minors (children under 18) who come in for outpatient services, procedures, or treatment ARE permitted to have TWO (2) adults accompany them. The adults may not switch out or be replaced by another adult once here and may not return once they leave the facility.
  • Excludes dexa and screening mammograms.

IF VISITORS DO NOT COMPLY WITH THESE REQUIREMENTS, THEY WILL BE UNABLE TO ENTER THE FACILITY.