Mercy Hospital Ada Increases Protections for Visitors

September 18, 2020

Mercy has adopted leading industry protocols to ensure the highest quality and safety standards that keep our patients, co-workers and visitors as safe as possible while on our campus. Although Mercy still encourages limited visitation to keep unnecessary interaction at a minimum, Mercy Hospital Ada and Mercy Clinic are revising their visitation policies, as well as campus guidelines in certain areas.

We appreciate your patience and understanding as Mercy’s response evolves and various protocols are updated. Ultimately, the goal is to maintain the safest environment possible for our patients and co-workers.

Please review the following guidelines, effective Monday, October 5, 2020:

Visitation:

  • Patients receiving inpatient care will have no visitors. Exceptions to this rule include laboring and postpartum mothers, pediatric surgery patients and patients nearing the end of life who may have one visitor. 
  • The the front entrance will be open 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday - Friday. The entrance and exit will be through Emergency Department after hours and on the weekends.
  • Emergency department patients may not have a patient representative, including labor and delivery triage patients coming through the ED. 
  • Laboring and postpartum patients may have one visitor. The visitor must be the same person for the entirety of their hospital stay.
  • Pediatric patients may have only one patient representative.
  • Surgical patients may have one visitor during patient pre-op. During surgery, the visitor will be required to leave the hospital and wait to pick up the patient when they are discharged.
  • Infusion patients may not have patient representatives with them for infusion appointments, consults or follow-up appointments.
  • Out of an abundance of caution, patients who have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as those with pending test results, may not have a patient representative at this time.
  • Mercy Clinic patients may be accompanied by one patient representative.
  • All patient representatives must be ages 16 and up.

Campus Guidelines:

  • All individuals entering the Mercy Hospital Ada and Mercy Clinic campuses will be screened for symptoms upon arrival. Co-workers and campus patient representatives are required to wear face masks at all times. Patient representatives are encouraged to bring their own masks with them, in addition to practicing proper hand hygiene.
  • The Mercy Hospital Oklahoma Ada cafeteria is open, but individuals in this area are asked to observe safe social distancing practices, only one person per booth and stand at an appropriate distance from others. Individuals making food selections or waiting in lines are asked to wear a mask until they begin eating.
  • Elevator use at all Mercy Hospital Ada is restricted to two individuals at one time. Co-workers are asked to use service elevators.
  • Furniture has been spaced at appropriate distances throughout the campus. Individuals are asked not to congregate in groups in common areas.
  • Mercy will be continuing to maintain rigorous cleaning protocols at all locations during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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.

Media Contact

Lindsey Kidd
Ardmore, Healdton, Ada, Tishomingo
Phone: 580-220-6785