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.
COVID-19 cases have spiked significantly, so much so that Anderson County Council declared a state of emergency in January. While AnMed Health's visitation policy established last year has not changed, the public is strongly encouraged for now to visit loved ones who are inpatient only when necessary. That said, we realize there are situations – such as end-of-life, maternity and pediatrics – when supportive loved ones are needed and welcomed. But at other times, we hope that voluntary self-limitation will help us fulfill our common goal in keeping everyone healthy and safe while minimizing the spread.
However, visitors are not permitted in the Emergency Department except for:
- End-of-life care
- Labor & Delivery
- Pediatric patients
These patients are only allowed one visitor. Visitors under the age of 18 will not be allowed to visit.
COVID-19 positive patients will be allowed a support person only in end-of-life circumstances. The support person must remain in the patient’s room and wear a mask to protect the patient and the staff from outside exposure.
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.
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.