Mercy Hospital Joplin Visitor Restrictions

November 25, 2020

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.
 
*At Mercy Hospital Carthage no visitors are allowed in the ER, unless patient is a minor or special assistance is required.
**At Mercy Clinics in Carthage no visitors unless special assistance is required.

Media Contact

Jordan Larimore
Joplin, Carthage, Columbus
Phone: 417-556-2260