AnMed Health requires all patients arriving for appointments or procedures to wear a face covering. This policy applies to patients arriving at all hospital campuses, emergency rooms, outpatient facilities and physician practices. Those who do not have a mask may use an alternative such as a bandanna, scarf or sports buff. If you need help creating a face covering, the CDC has provided some helpful tips. You can view them here.
Beginning Wednesday, August 26, AnMed Health will allow one support person to visit with a patient during the hours of 2 – 6:30 p.m. daily. The patient support person may not switch out with other people. The support person will be screened at the door and an appropriate mask will be required upon entry. Individuals who do not have masks will be provided with one. Only one support person is allowed per patient.
The support person must remain in the patient’s room and wear a mask to protect the patient and the staff from outside exposure during the COVID-19 pandemic. There is still no visitation for COVID positive patients except in an end-of-life situation.
Exceptions will continue to be made for end-of-life circumstances. Visitation will be limited to only one support person for physician office visits, outpatient procedures, pediatrics, and labor-and-delivery. Everyone entering the building -- patients, support persons, and staff -- must wear a mask or face-covering. We will allow up to three visitors for end-of-life COVID-19 patients. The attending physician will decide when visitation would be appropriate and communicate with the loved ones.
All support persons:
- Must wear a mask or face-covering at all times.
- Will be screened upon arrival.
- May not visit confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients.
- Must be at least 18 years old.
Families are encouraged to continue using alternative means of communicating with their loved ones, and if needed, wait in their vehicles while a patient and their support person attends an appointment. As a reminder, emergency care for conditions such as heart attack and stroke should never be delayed.
Likewise, well check-ups and routine screenings are key to the detection of health issues in their earliest, most treatable stages. We strongly encourage all community members to seek care when needed, and continue to follow CDC guidelines for wearing masks in public, social distancing and frequent hand-washing.
In addition to these visitation restrictions, AnMed Health may close some entrances to hospitals and facilities. Signage will direct patients to open entryways. Be prepared to have your temperature taken and answer questions about your health, travel and exposure to others who have tested positive for COVID-19. Visitors with symptoms or possible exposure will be asked not to visit the facility.