Visitor Guidelines

Visitor Guidelines

UPDATED VISITOR GUIDELINES

St. Elizabeth Healthcare has recently updated both inpatient and outpatient visitor guidelines for all hospitals.*

VISITORS WILL BE REQUIRED TO:

  • Sign-in and -out upon entry and departure.
  • While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has updated masking guidance for individuals who are fully vaccinated, St. Elizabeth Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Physicians will continue to require masks that cover both the nose and mouth to be worn by everyone in clinical settings, regardless of vaccination status. Staff will wear medically appropriate masks, while patients and visitors are required to wear their own masks. Any person without proper face covering will be asked to use a surgical mask that will be provided to them by staff. Surgical masks and N-95 respirators are reserved for our healthcare workers and other first responders, as recommended by current CDC guidance.
  • Screening questions upon entry.
  • Perform hand hygiene.
  • Travel directly to/from the patient room.
  • Maintain six feet of social distancing at all times during visit.

*Please click here for visitor guidelines specific to St. Elizabeth Dearborn in Indiana

INPATIENT VISITOR GUIDELINES INCLUDE:

Inpatient visitation will be restricted to two visitors 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; however, may leave campus and return, if needed.

If multiple visitors present at the same time, only two visitors 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 Noon 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 one visitor.

Non-COVID-19 inpatients who are facing imminent death may receive up to eight visitors per day, with a maximum of four visitors at one time during the scheduled inpatient visitor timeframes.

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.

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 being completed, the patient may receive visitors. 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: Up to two designated support persons for mothers delivering babies. No other visitors will be permitted.
  • Post Labor (1B Unit): Up to two designated support persons for mothers. No other visitors will be permitted.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Limited to the two people with the infant identification bracelets.
  • No children, including siblings of a newborn, will be permitted on any of these units.

EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT:

  • Two visitors per ED patient will be permitted. If multiple visitors present at the same time, only two visitors will be permitted. We ask that you please coordinate with family and friends to determine the visitor who will remain with the patient while in the ED.
  • If the patient is admitted to an inpatient unit, the patient may have two visitors per day during the established visiting hours of 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. If multiple visitors present at the same time, only two visitors will be permitted. We ask that you please coordinate with family and friends to determine the visitation schedule ahead of time.
  • If the patient is less than 18 years of age, one parent will be required to accompany them.
  • Exceptions will be made for families of loved ones who are facing imminent death (see below).
  • If an ED patient has COVID-19, is a Person Under Investigation, or is coming from a nursing home, visitors will not be permitted.
  • Proper masks and social distancing will be required at all times, including in the patient room.

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-19 inpatients who are facing imminent death may receive up to eight visitors per day, with a maximum of four visitors at one time during the scheduled inpatient visitor timeframes.
  • 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.

OUTPATIENT VISTOR 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 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 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 adult.
  • All patients and visitors must wear a mask entire the visit.
  • Waiting room limitations may apply.

CAFETERIAS:

  • Our Edgewood, Florence and Ft. Thomas cafeterias will be open to visitors from 1 p.m. to closing.
  • When not seated, masks must be worn.

CANCER CENTER:

  • One patient care partner (greater than age 14) will be given a blue sticker after they’re temp screened 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 after they’re temp screened 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 after they’re temp screened 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 after they’re temp screened 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 after they’re temp screened 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 after they’re temp screened 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 after they’re temp screened 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 after they’re temp screened 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:

  • One patient care partner (greater than age 14) will be given a blue sticker after they’re temp screened 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.
  • Excludes surgery centers

SAME DAY SURGERY – SURGERY CENTERS:

  • Only the person receiving the procedure/surgery may enter the building. The patient will be temped screened and should be masked upon arrival.
  • If the patient has a driver, the driver will be asked to return once the patient’s procedure/surgery is complete. The driver will be notified for pick-up.
  • 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.
  • If an adult patient requires someone to accompany them due to cognitive or physical needs, one person will be permitted in order to provide necessary care.
  • No children are permitted. Arriving with children may result in cancellation of your appointment.

WOMEN’S WELLNESS:

  • One patient care partner (greater than age 14) will be given a blue sticker after they’re temp screened 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.