At Mercy, the health and safety of our patients, community and co-workers are our top priority. In an attempt to combat the spread of COVID-19, Mercy will be restricting visitors in the Southwest Missouri/Southeast Kansas communities. This includes Mercy clinics in those communities, as well as hospital campuses in Joplin, Carthage, Columbus and Galena.
Hospital Visitor Restrictions
New restrictions effective Wednesday, November 25.
- The restrictions will limit patients to one visitor per patient, per day for non-COVID and non-ICU patients.*
- No routine visitors for COVID postitive patients, but will review on a case by case basis.
- Exceptions may be made for those who are near end of life, with limit of five immediate family members in consultation room and one in the patient room.
- Inpatient hospital visitation hours (including ICU) are 1- 6 p.m.
- Behavioral Health visitation hour is 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
- Only parents will be allowed in our neonatal intensive care unit, labor and delivery and recovery departments.
- Unless they are seeking treatment, visitors under age 18 will not be permitted in Mercy hospitals or clinics.
- All visitors must wear a mask and remain in room with patient.
- At Mercy Hospital Joplin, the cancer center entrance will be limited to cancer patients only in an attempt to shield them from other patients or visitors.
- All patients seeking treatment in the emergency room in Joplin should continue to follow the signs and use that entrance of the hospital.
Clinic Visitor Restrictions
- One visitor 18 or older per clinic patient**
- Those serving as interpreters or acting as health care power of attorney are not considered visitors and are welcome in our clinics.
- Young children may also accompany parents/guardians if childcare isn’t available.