Effective Monday, March 29, 2021, as a result of the overall decline in confirmed cases of COVID-19 and related hospitalizations in the region, and in accordance with the most recent New York State Department of Health guidance, St. Mary’s Healthcare will resume limited visitation. Visitors are permitted from 1pm-5pm every day for the Guy Park Hospital location (inpatients only), and from 3pm-7pm every day for the Acute Rehabilitation Unit (PMR) on the Memorial Campus. In accordance with the continuing directive from the NYS Department of Health. This includes the Emergency Department where one person will be allowed to accompany the patient. Further, we continue to follow guidance from the CDC and New York State Department of Health to protect the health of our staff, patients, residents and the St. Mary’s community.
The updated process for limited visitation includes:
- Visitors are limited to ONE person at a time.
- Visits are limited to no more than four hours per day per patient
- All visitors must be greater than 18 years of age.
- Visitors must undergo symptom and temperature checks upon entering the facility, and shall be denied entry if they report significant COVID-19 exposure or symptoms during the prior 14 days or have a temperature equal to or greater than 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Patients undergoing same day procedures may be accompanied to the facility by a companion and that companion may remain with the patient through the initial intake process; and may rejoin the patient for the discharge process. Visitors that wish to remain in the facility will be required to wait in the registration area on the 2nd floor until they can rejoin the patient.
- Visitors may not be present during procedures and recovery room except for pediatrics, childbirth, and patients with an intellectual, developmental, or other cognitive disability.
- Visitors are strongly encouraged to arrive wearing appropriate personal protective equipment.
- Visitors will be advised how to perform meticulous hand hygiene and how to wear the PPE, and must adhere to such procedures.
- Visitors who fail to wear a face mask and other PPE will be asked to leave the facility.
- Visitors must remain in the patient’s room throughout the visit except when directed by hospital staff to leave during aerosol-generating procedures or other procedures during which visitors are usually asked to leave.
These visitation guidelines may be adjusted based on the prevalence of COVID-19 in the region, the amount of support personnel to assist with screening and/or the amount of PPE on hand. There may be exceptions to the policy when medically necessary (i.e. visitor is essential to the care of the patient) or family members or legal representatives of patients in imminent end-of-life situations. All decisions and restrictions are made in an effort to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors and associates.
Thank you to everyone for your continued efforts in your adherence to these guidelines and helping to protect our patients, residents and fellow associates.