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Updated Visitor Policies

At Presbyterian, the health and safety of our patients and workforce is our top priority. In order to protect our patients and staff, Presbyterian is revising our hospital and clinic visitor policies while the threat of COVID-19 continues.

We continue to monitor the risk of COVID-19 closely and will make adjustments to visitor restrictions, as necessary. We appreciate the community’s partnership in helping us as we prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Hospital Visitor Policy

To protect our patients and employees, Presbyterian is not allowing regular visitation at this time. In most instances, two (2) adult support persons will be allowed to visit in the hospital and in outpatient areas. Visitors are encouraged to stay with the patient and limit the number of times they enter and exit the facility. Visitors will not be allowed for patients with COVID-19 or those patients who are under investigation for the virus, except in specific situations. Each of our hospitals will set their visiting hours independently based on their individual ability to support visitation during the pandemic.

Self-screening is in place at all entrances to our facilities. Visitors must use the thermal temperature scanner to self-screen. Visitors for patients who are immunocompromised will also be screened by staff in those areas. Please do not enter the facility if your temperature is over 99.0 degrees Fahrenheit or you answer ‘yes’ to any of the posted screening questions.

Along with self-screening, approved visitors must:

  • Be 14 years old or older
  • Wear a face mask for the entire visit, even in the patient’s room
  • Wear other personal protective gear, as needed
  • Limit the surfaces they touch and perform hand hygiene using hand gel or soap and water
  • Follow all requirements and directions provided by staff

Approved visitors must also stay in the patient’s room for their visit and not stop in common areas such as waiting rooms, lobbies, nutrition areas or gift shops. Visitors will be allowed to purchase food in the cafeteria but may not sit in the cafeteria to eat, instead taking any food back to the patient’s room or outside the facility. We may restrict visits to the cafeteria to inpatient visitors and staff only, based on available space and ability to follow COVID-19 safe practices within a food distribution environment.

Approved visitors and visiting hours may include:

  • Medical Decision Makers: One (1) medical decision maker or power of attorney for any patient unable to advocate for themselves, needs assistance providing their medical history or understanding medical information, or is a new patient to cancer care.
  • Emergency Department: One (1) support person for patients in the emergency department. Visitors are encouraged to stay with the patient and minimize the number of times they enter and exit the facility.
  • Outpatient Surgery or Procedures: One (1) support person for patients undergoing scheduled outpatient surgeries or procedures. During the procedure, the support person may wait in available lobby space.
  • Inpatient Intensive/Critical Care: Two (2) visitors for patients in intensive or critical care units are allowed at a time in private rooms. One (1) visitor is allowed at a time in semi-private rooms.
  • Inpatient Pediatric Units: Two (2) visitors are allowed at a time for pediatric patients in the emergency room or admitted to a hospital in a private room. One (1) visitor is allowed in semi-private rooms.
  • Inpatient Units: Two (2) visitors per patient are allowed at a time in private rooms. One (1) visitor is allowed at a time in semi-private rooms.
  • Hospice Care: Two (2) visitors per patient are allowed at a time. Visitors may only switch out every two hours, and all visitors must log in at the nurse’s station.
  • Inpatient Behavioral Health: No visitors are allowed for inpatient adult behavioral health. One (1) adult visitor is allowed per patient, per day for inpatient child and adolescent behavioral health.
  • Labor and Delivery: Two (2) visitors per patient are allowed at a time. Support person(s) will be identified as soon as possible following admission, and once identified, will remain the support person(s) throughout the patient’s stay. Support person(s) may only visit once per day and should plan to stay in the room with the patient for the duration of their visit.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): Two (2) support persons may visit infant(s) in the NICU at Presbyterian Hospital. The NICU is closed twice daily from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

We know that this will impact the connection between patients in our facilities and their loved ones. We encourage loved ones to connect with patients through options such as phone calls, Facetime, Skype, WhatsApp and other online platforms.



Clinic Visitor Policy

In most instances, two (2) adult visitors will be allowed to accompany patients to scheduled appointments in clinics and outpatient areas. Visitors are encouraged to stay with the patient and limit the number of times they enter and exit the facility.

Self-screening is in place at all entrances to our facilities. Patients and visitors must use the thermal temperature scanner to self-screen and will be required to wear a face mask or other personal protective gear, as needed. Visitors for patients who are immunocompromised will also be screened by staff in those areas. Please do not enter the facility if your temperature is over 99.0 degrees Fahrenheit or you answer ‘yes’ to any of the posted screening questions.

Waiting rooms are for patients and their designated support person(s) only. Everyone will be required to adhere to social distancing requirements during the visit and anyone allowed in the exam room (except qualified interpreters) will be required to stay inside the room the entire visit.

All other family members, companions, or guardians not meeting these criteria will be asked to wait in their car or return at the end of the appointment time. Our clinic will ask for a cell phone number and will call when the patient is ready to leave.



Clinic and Hospital Mask Policy

At Presbyterian, the safety of our employees, patients and visitors is our top priority. Face masks for patients and visitors over two years old are still required at all times in all Presbyterian facilities.

  • Once you enter a facility, you must wear a medical-grade procedural face mask. If you do not have a personal medical-grade face mask, one will be provided to you. You must keep this mask on the entire visit, unless otherwise directed by a provider.
  • If in our cafeterias, you can remove your mask while eating and drinking at your table, but it must be worn when up walking around.
  • If you are visiting or have an appointment at a non-Presbyterian office within one of our Physician Office Buildings, please contact that office prior to arriving to learn about their mask policies. However, while you are entering and leaving the Physician Office Building (lobbies, hallways, elevators, restrooms) you will need to follow our mask policy.
  • If you or your loved one are admitted to the hospital for further treatment, we will provide you with a medical-grade procedural face mask as well. You must keep it on the entire visit, unless otherwise directed by a provider.

Learn more about wearing a face covering or mask