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 South is revising its 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.
These restrictions are effective Monday, Jan. 3, 2022:
Hospital Visitor Restrictions
- Visitation hours: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- Intensive Care Unit (ICU) visiting hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. every day.
- Patients receiving care may have one patient representative (visitor) per patient per day.
- Birthplace patients are allowed two visitors per day, with one visitor being the designated support person for the entire stay while the second visitor can be a different person each day.
- Pediatric patients are allowed two visitors per patient per day.
- Emergency department patients may be accompanied by one visitor at the discretion of the provider/clinical team to maintain patient safety.
- Inpatient behavioral health will continue with no visitors, except in adolescent areas where one parent is allowed.
- Due to space constraints and the goal to make safe social distancing possible, infusion patients may not have patient representatives/visitors with them for infusion appointments; however, one patient representative is welcome to accompany them for consults and 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.
- All patient representatives must be ages 16 years and older.
- Compassionate exceptions can be made for end-of-life care.
- Patient and visitor entry to Mercy Hospital South is limited to the main entrance.
- The emergency entrance is limited to emergency patients and visitors only.
- The heart hospital (south) entrance is limited to surgical patients only. The heart hospital (south) entrance will be closed on weekends to patients and visitors.
- Co-workers, patients and campus patient representatives are required to wear surgical, KN95 or N95 face masks at all times (no cloth masks will be allowed - hospital will provide masks to anyone who only has cloth). Patients and their representatives are encouraged to bring their own masks with them, in addition to practicing proper hand hygiene.
- The Mercy Hospital cafeterias are open, but individuals in this area are asked to observe safe social distancing practices, standing at an appropriate distance from others. Individuals making food selections or waiting in lines are asked to wear a mask until they begin eating.
- Social distancing measures should be observed when using 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 ages 18 years and 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.