Limited visitation is now available for most patients as elective and non-urgent procedures resume.
SageWest Health Care announced that it is transitioning from a zero-visitor protocol to limited visitor restrictions as the hospital resumes elective and non-urgent cases and services at its facilities. The updated restrictions, which will now allow most patients to have one visitor or support person per day, have been implemented effective immediately.
“Our hospital’s top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees, and community,” said John Ferrelli, chief executive officer (CEO) of SageWest Health Care. “We continue to monitor closely the prevalence of the virus in our community as we adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients, and we feel confident that it is safe to begin allowing limited visitors again at this time.”
As part of the updated visitor restrictions, patients who are in the ICU and medical/surgical units are now limited to one well visitor per day between 9 am to 5 pm. During weekdays visitors should enter through the front entrance of their facilities. All visitors must be 12 years of age or older, will be screened upon entry, and are required to wear a mask while in the facility.
Pediatric patients (who are less than 18 years of age), obstetric (OB) patients, patients who are in the facility for outpatient services and surgical procedures and patients who are receiving end of life care remain limited to one well visitor at a time, any hours of the day. Visitors who do not pass the screening at the entrance will be asked to reschedule their visit until they are symptom-free. Currently, visitors are not allowed for emergency department patients and for high-risk, isolation, immunocompromised, or respiratory patients who are under observation or test positive for COVID-19.
SageWest Health Care continues to screen everyone who enters the facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19, per CDC guidelines. For additional updates on how the hospital is working to maintain a safe and supportive environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, please visit SageWestHealthCare.com.