SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital in Centralia and Good Samaritan Hospital in Mt. Vernon are updating its visitation policy.
The hospitals will now allow one support person, per day to visit. For the health and safety of both patients and employees, rotating additional guests inpatient rooms will not be allowed.
The new policy includes inpatient, outpatient surgical procedures, emergency department, and clinical appointments. Patients nearing the end of life will be allowed up to two visitors at the beside.
Obstetrics patients will be allowed two designated people to offer support per day.
Clinics and Emergency Rooms will allow two visitors for pediatric patients.
COVID and patients under investigation for COVID will still be under a strict, no visitors policy.
Visitors will only be allowed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. However, visiting hours do not apply to outpatient surgical cases and Emergency Department guests.
All guests visiting an SSM Health facility must follow hospital policies, which include:
- Wearing approved face coverings, even when in the patient room.
- All individuals must be screened for symptoms upon arrival.
- Everyone must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving a patient’s room.
- Always stay at least six feet away from the patient (social distance).
- All guests will receive a badge/armband to properly identify them while inside SSM Health buildings.
SSM Health will continue to adjust its policy and will make decisions rooted in safeguarding patients, visitors, caregivers, and the community at large. They appreciate the public’s cooperation and understanding as they focus on the well-being of their employees and patients in their care.