“The safety and well-being of our patients, visitors and staff is our number one priority. Please be aware of the following newly revised guidelines before visiting:
No visitors will be allowed beginning Sunday, December 26, 2021 until further notice.
Limited exceptions include:
- Pediatric units: Only ONE parent/guardian will be permitted
- Maternity and Labor & Delivery units: Only ONE significant other/support person is permitted
- Neonatal Intensive Care Units: TWO parents/support persons are permitted
- Pediatric psychiatric patients: Only ONE if/when a mutual agreement between the care team and the parents/guardian has been reached
- Patients with disabilities where the disability may be due to altered mental status, intellectual or cognitive disability, communication barriers or behavioral concerns: ONE designated support person is allowed to remain with the patient
All visitors 18 years of age and under will not be permitted.
We encourage family members and friends to use alternative ways to interact with their loved ones, including phone calls, Facetime, Skype and other means.
Extenuating circumstances to the temporary guidelines and individual requests will always be considered based on the best interest and needs of the individual patient. These extenuating circumstances include but are not limited to:
- Patients on hospice or at the end of life
- Patients who are critically unstable
- Patients undergoing surgery or procedures (ONE single-time visitor immediately after the procedure may be permitted)
- Patients in need of a medical guardian or decision-maker
- At the discretion of the hospital, one visitor may be able to accompany a patient in Ambulatory Care or other outpatient areas
All approved visitors will be screened at the entrance prior to being given a visitor pass. If a visitor presents with cold or flu-like systems, that individual will not be allowed to visit or stay in the building. All visitors will be asked if they have been advised to self-quarantine because of exposure to someone with COVID-19. If any visitor has been advised to self-quarantine, they will not be allowed to visit. All visitors will be asked if they have been advised to isolate due to COVID-positive status in the last 10 days. If any visitor has been advised to isolate, they will not be allowed to visit.
In addition to the above, gatherings of family members, friends and other acquaintances of the patient in family lounges, waiting areas, the lobby, cafeteria or restaurants on campus will not be allowed.
All approved visitors must wear a mask at all times and should wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after visiting.
We encourage family members and friends to use alternative methods to interact with their loved ones, including phone calls, Facetime and Skype. For those without access to a smartphone, tablet or computer, the MMCSC nursing team can facilitate virtual visits using iPads available on patient care units and in the Emergency Department.”