Starting today, Trinity Health is adjusting visitation guidelines at both of its hospital campuses to achieve a better balance between safety concerns and patients’ emotional wellbeing.
Effective December 8, patients at Trinity Hospital and Trinity Hospital – St. Joseph’s will be allowed two visitors at a time, provided they have not been in contact with someone with a contagious disease or been ill themselves. Children will be permitted to visit if they are accompanied by an adult.
Visiting hours will be extended from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in most areas. Visiting hours in Behavioral Health Units may vary by program. Visitors are advised to consult with Nursing staff in the individual units.
Karen Zimmerman, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care, says as the pandemic continues, it is essential to reassess hospital policy while minimizing the risk of exposure to patients, visitors, and staff. “We recognize that the support visitors offer to patients is an important aspect of patient care,” Zimmerman said. “Studies have shown that allowing patients to spend more time with friends and family can improve outcomes by reducing feelings of isolation and anxiety.”
One noteworthy change is that patients in isolation rooms will now be able to have a limited number of visitors under special guidance that includes donning PPE, among other precautions. Visitors will be requested to leave the facility directly after visiting someone in isolation.
Visitors will be screened upon entry and mask requirements will continue to be enforced at all Trinity Health facilities. Hospital cafeterias, lobbies, and waiting rooms will also be open. As always, Trinity Health reserves the right to amend restrictions as warranted based on changes in the community’s health status.
Full visitor guidelines are located at www.trinityhealth.org.