McPherson Center for Health Coronavirus Updates

We are gradually transitioning from COVID-19 restrictions and moving toward more normal operations. Below are details regarding visitors, support persons and other situations.

The main entrance and lobby are now open. The front doors will be open from 7:00am – 4:30pm. Anyone coming into the facility through the front doors will be screened as well as those entering through the ED entrance. The main lobby will be closed on weekends as prior to COVID. The Emergency Department (ED) entrance will remain open at all times. Level 1 masks will be provided to all entering the facility during the screening process.

The surgical waiting area is also available. The area has been prepared for waiting support persons to be able to socially distance. Those who are waiting will wear a mask.

The Gift Shop is now open, limiting shoppers to 4 at a time. Masks are required.

Visitors to the facility have been increased to allow 2 in most situations. Though the CDC guidelines recommend that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear a mask in most situations, masks are required in any of our health facilities. Visitors will be screened and provided with a Level 1 mask upon entrance to the facility. Social distancing, limiting coming and going of the support person, and good hand hygiene will be encouraged. No visitors under the age of 12 will be allowed in the facility unless they have permission from the physician to visit. The exception to this would be well siblings for the Women's Care and Birth Center. 

The Women’s Care and Birth Center will allow 2 support people for labor at the request of the patient. Siblings and grandparents may now visit for one hour, one time per day. Visiting hours for the WCBC will be 1:00pm – 4:00pm and 6:30pm – 8:30pm.

For inpatients on med/surg and ICU, patients may have two support people with them. Support people may accompany the patient and will need to remain in the patient room during their visit.
The support person will wear a level 1 mask while moving through the facility.

For the Emergency Department, two support people may accompany the patient to the ED. The support people are encouraged to minimize coming and going during the ED visit. The support person will be screened upon entry to the hospital and will wear a level 1 mask while in the facility.

For surgery and ASC, two support people may accompany the patient on the day of their procedure. The support people:

  • Will remain with the patient except during the actual procedure. 
  • Will be screened upon entry to the hospital
  • Will wear a level 1 mask while in the facility.
  • Will be asked to wait in the car, surgery waiting room, or ER waiting area during the procedure and remain nearby until notified that they may return to be with the patient.  Upon returning, the support people will wear a mask and remain in the patient’s ASC room until the patient is discharged.
  • Will provide a contact number if they choose to wait in the car or return home until the patient is ready for discharge. The support people will be expected to return to the hospital within 15 minutes of receiving the call that the patient is ready for discharge.

These policies and guidelines are subject to change based on continuing developments locally and nationally. 

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