McPherson Center for Health Coronavirus Updates

Visitation/Patient Support Person Guidelines 

Support Person Guidelines were revised on January 3, 2022. In efforts to keep everyone safe and reduce the spread of COVID, patients are encouraged to attend appointments alone.  In certain situations, patients will be allowed ONE support person.  Frequent review and possible revision of the guidelines occurs and may be changed depending on COVID cases and positivity rates. These guidelines may change at any time.  

All visitors are expected to social distance and wear a mask while in the building. Visitors must perform hand hygiene before and after patient contact. No visitors under the age of 12 will be allowed to visit.  
Patients should designate ONE support person to be the contact person for obtaining updates and information on the patient’s condition.

ANY PATIENT WHO TESTS POSITIVE FOR COVID MAY NOT HAVE VISITORS UNLESS REQUESTED BY THE ATTENDING PHYSICIAN. 

Emergency Department

   •    One support person may accompany the patient to the ED when assistance is needed. The support person cannot come and go during the ED visit.
   •    The support person will be screened upon entry to the hospital.
   •    The support person will wear a level 1 mask while in the facility.
   •    Emergency Room support people cannot congregate or remain in the ED Lobby.
   •    Any patient admitted as a Person Under Investigation or a patient who is infectious for COVID may not have a support person with them unless requested by the treating physician.

ASC/Surgery

   •    One support person may accompany the patient on the day of their procedure. The support person will remain with the patient except during the actual procedure.
   •    The support person will be screened upon entry to the hospital.
   •    The support person will wear a level 1 mask while in the facility.
   •    During the procedure, the support person will be asked to wait in the car or surgery waiting room. The support person will remain nearby until notified that they may return to be with the patient.  Upon returning, the support                person will wear a mask and remain in the patient’s ASC room until the patient is discharged.
   •    The support person 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 person will be expected to return to the hospital within 15 minutes of                      receiving the call that the patient is ready for discharge.

Clinic/Urgent Care/Outpatient Services (Radiology, Lab, Respiratory, Infusions, etc.)

   •    In efforts to keep everyone safe and reduce the spread of COVID, patients are encouraged to attend appointments alone.
   •    In certain situations, patients will be allowed ONE support person to accompany them to their appointment. The support person must remain in designated waiting area or with the patient during the entire visit.
   •    The support person will be screened upon entry to the clinic.
   •    The support person will wear a level 1 mask while attending the appointment.

Women’s Care and Birth Center – 2nd Floor

   •    The WCBC will continue with allowing only one support person throughout the patient’s stay.
   •    At the request of the patient, an additional support person may be considered. The additional support person should be vaccinated.  The additional support person will not be allowed to leave and return during the labor. They            will be able to go to the cafeteria during normal hours for food and drink to return to the patient’s room. The additional support person will need to leave no later than 1 hour after delivery.
   •    Doulas may be present as long as appropriate certification documents are provided prior to the mother’s arrival, vaccination is current, and with WCBC Director approval.
   •    The support person will be screened on entrance to the hospital.
   •    The support person will wear a level 1 mask while moving through the facility. When in the patient room, the mask may be removed. Masks will be reapplied when staff is present, moving through the halls of the unit or the                 facility.
   •    The support person will be encouraged to stay throughout the mother’s stay. If the support person should need to leave, they will be allowed back in and will be rescreened upon reentry to the facility
   •    Visiting hours will be from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm and 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm.

Inpatient Units 3rd Floor – Med/Surg, ICU

   •    We will now allow one support person at a time for our patients. The visitor cannot come and go from the patient room.
   •    The visitor will be required to wear a level 1 mask when moving throughout the facility.
   •    Once the visitor leaves for the day, they may not return until the following day at which time it can be the same visitor, or a different visitor depending on the patient’s needs and wishes.
   •    Visitors may go to the cafeteria for food and/or drink and return to the patient’s room. Other movement throughout the facility other than arriving or leaving will not be allowed.
   •    Pediatric patients – Both parents or two support persons will be allowed to remain with the patient. All other screening and mask guidelines will be followed.

   •    COVID Patients - Any patient admitted as a Person Under Investigation or a patient who is infectious for COVID may not have a support person with them unless requested by the attending physician.
          o    Special circumstances for COVID visitation must be approved through the hospitalist and organized with the department director or house supervisor. This will be limited to one support person, and they must be observed                  donning and doffing PPE for safety.
          o    Electronic visitation via a tablet may be organized through the director/house supervisor as needed.

End of Life Patient Care

   •    The attending provider and care team will evaluate all end-of-life situations and guide safe and supportive decisions.
   •    In certain end of life situations, COVID positive and PUI patients may have a support person with them with approval of a provider.
   •    In this situation, the visitor would need to wear appropriate PPE which would include a PAPR, eye protection, gloves, and a gown.
   •    Trained hospital staff will assist the visitor with donning and doffing of the PPE.
   •    Per the McPherson County Health Department, following the above criteria does not require the visitor to quarantine for 14 days.
   •    Each situation should be communicated individually with the McPherson County Health Department.

The main entrance and lobby are open from 7:00 am – 4:30 pm weekdays. 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 Gift Shop is open weekdays from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. and is limiting shoppers to 4 at a time. Masks are required.

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

For more information that is frequently updated, visit: kdheks.gov or cdc.gov.