Hospital Reopening Announcements
Our clinics are open, elective procedures are ready to be scheduled, and our emergency rooms continue to be a safe place to treat ALL emergencies. From serious conditions to aches and pains, your health care needs didn’t stop. We know this. And now it’s time to get you and your family the advanced medical care you need.
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center is taking additional, necessary preparations to ensure patients can receive compassionate care in a safe, carefully managed environment – with confidence and without fear.
Our Safe and Ready program consists of a rigorous five-point standard ensuring patient safety, confidence and convenience:
- Expanded hours will allow previously cancelled procedures to be scheduled as quickly as possible.
- Any COVID-19 related care takes place in designated areas away from other patients and their families.
- The Emergency Department is reorganized to be a safe place to treat all emergency patients.
- A stringent cleaning policy has been implemented throughout the hospital.
- A strictly controlled visitor and mask policy is required for patient safety.
You can rest assured that we have made the necessary preparations to care for you in a safe, controlled and professional way.
We’re here, and we’re ready to provide the care you need.
The safety and well-being of our patients, visitors and staff is our number one priority. Please be aware of the following newly revised guidelines before visiting St. Elizabeth's Medical Center:
ONLY 1 VISITOR AT A TIME FOR INPATIENTS
- All visitors will be screened for symptoms of possible COVID-19 infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, chills, myalgia, or new onset of loss of taste or smell). Individuals with any symptoms will not be permitted to visit.
- No visitors under the age of 18 years old, unless the visitor is a child of a patient.
- Visitation may be prohibited on a case-by-case basis if a patient tests positive or shows symptoms of COVID-19, or if visitation poses a significant infection control risk to the patients, visitor or staff.
- In compassionate care situations, including but not limited to end-of-life situations, decisions about visitation will be made collaboratively with the patient and loved ones, as appropriate, on a case-by-case basis.
- Visitors are required to wear a mask at all times while at the hospital.
- Visitors must perform hand hygiene before and after visiting a patient.
- Visitors must wait outside, rather than in the hospital waiting area, until the time of their visit.
VISITOR POLICY FOR LABOR & DELIVERY, MOTHER/BABY, NICU AND ED
- Mothers admitted to labor & delivery and the mother/baby unit are limited to one support person.
- Visitors to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) are limited to the mother and one support person.
- ED patients will be allowed one (1) visitor to remain throughout ED stay. Pediatric patient visitors will be limited to two adult visitors.
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center will continue to support alternative electronic methods for communication between patients and all other visitors, including Skype, FaceTime and Google Duo visits.
Everyone on Steward properties must have a mask on, including patients and visitors. We ask for your understanding and appreciate your cooperation in our commitment to keeping our community safe.
- Outpatients are asked not to bring others with them to appointments, but ONE adult may accompany the individual if needed.
- One visitor may accompany the patient to the surgical area and stay with the patient until they are called in for their procedure. If the visitor wishes to remain onsite at the hospital during the patient’s procedure, and social distancing is not possible in the waiting area, the cafeteria, has been reconfigured with social distance seating.
While we are sensitive to the difficulties facing loved ones of hospitalized patients, our health care team must keep our patients and staff safe during this unprecedented health emergency.
Non-essential personnel, such as sales vendors, who do not provide direct care will be restricted from entering the facility.