Prisma Health will offer additional limited visitation for designated care partners beginning Tuesday, Sept. 1.
A single designated care partner is allowed per day under these limited circumstances:
- Inpatients who are not suspected of or diagnosed with COVID-19
- Emergency department patients once patients have been moved to a treatment area
- Behavioral health patients
- Obstetric patients
- Pediatric patients – One caregiver will be allowed to visit an inpatient at a time; two may be designated
- Patients undergoing procedures where anesthesia, moderate or deep sedation are performed, such as minor surgeries, colonoscopies and special radiology procedures. There is a designated waiting area for companions, as capacity allows, or they may return to their vehicle to wait during the procedure.
- Special circumstances – One care partner may remain with a patient who needs additional assistance, such as patients with special behavioral or physical needs
- End of life events – Up to three care partners, including those under 18, may visit with a patient in an end-of-life situation, with one who can stay at all times when death is imminent. In some cases, up to three care partners may also be allowed to visit patients with COVID-19 in end-of-life situations
- Clergy visits – Clergy may be requested for patients without signs of COVID-19 as long as care is not disrupted. Clergy visits may also be allowed for patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 at the end of life.
Visitors still cannot visit patients who have COVID-19 or are suspected to have it, except for in end-of-life situations.
Hospital visitation hours:
Most visitation will occur 2–6 p.m. daily, although the designated care partner for a patient being treated in the emergency department will have access 24/7. Care partners can leave and return to the facility once every 24 hours, except for care partners for patients in the emergency departments, who may leave the hospital and return once every 12 hours.
For behavioral health patients, visitation hours will be 6–7 p.m. daily but only by appointment.
Hospital care partner guidelines
Only one person per day can be identified as the designated care partner.
Each designated care partner will be screened as they enter a hospital and will be required to mask throughout the visit. If the visitor doesn’t have an appropriate mask, hospital staff will provide a disposable one. The designated visitor must remain in the patient room for the duration of the visit. They may not visit the cafeteria or food court, which will remain limited to staff.
Practice settings also will offer expanded visitation in some situations:
- Obstetric patients – One care partner is allowed.
- Oncology patients – One partner is allowed for doctor visits but may not accompany the patient into infusion areas.
- Pediatric patients – One partner, such as parent or legal guardian, may accompany children to pediatric doctor appointments. Infants two months and younger may be accompanied by both parents. Siblings and other family members may not attend the appointment. If you do not have access to childcare, please ask your provider’s office to assist with scheduling a telephone or video visit to meet your care needs.
- Special circumstances – One partner is allowed for adults who need additional assistance, such as patients with special behavioral or physical needs.
- Care partners are not allowed to accompany a patient for laboratory or radiology services unless the patient needs extra help, such as a patient with special behavioral or physical needs.
Prisma Health Lila Doyle in Seneca is not included in the extended visitation. It will maintain its visitor restrictions currently in place in order to follow the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid mandate for all long-term care facilities.