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Information for Patients & Visitors

In order to protect our patients and staff, visitor policies must be adjusted based on what we are seeing in our community and our hospital.  All individuals seeking entry into Fitzgibbon Hospital and Clinics must answer screening questions. In addition, please refer to the following guidelines for visitor restrictions until further notice, effective January 20, 2021.

 

UPDATED FITZGIBBON HOSPITAL

VISITOR POLICY

Updated: 3/9/2021
As part of continued efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus), EFFECTIVE January 20, 2021, Fitzgibbon Hospital has adopted a ONE (1) VISITOR policy.

  • One (1) adult visitor allowed per patient (no one under age 18 allowed). (See below for exceptions.) *
  • Visitors must be masked at all times and pass the COVID-19 screening questions in order to enter the facility. Anyone exhibiting symptoms may be barred from entry.
  • Visitors not accompanying a patient to their appointment or visiting with a patient in their room are asked to wait outside of the facility, as waiting areas are limited at this time.
  • The front entrance (main lobby) will close at 8 p.m. nightly.
  • This policy is subject to change.  We appreciate your understanding during this time as the situation is rapidly evolving. Providing quality patient care remains the focus of every decision.

Patients are allowed one individual to accompany them in the following circumstances.  All individuals seeking entry are subject to screening questions in order to enter the facility.  Entry will be permitted at the discretion of the medical staff in the following situations:

EXCEPTIONS TO THESE GUIDELINES:

  • Our long-term care facility, The Living Center, maintains a “No Visitor” policy, per state guidelines.
  • The Women’s Center has separate guidelines designed to be family-friendly. Please refer to the “Women’s Center & Newborn Visitation Policy” for questions.
  • When patient is a minor (under the age of 18), two guardians will be allowed.
  • When patient is at end of life, guidance on number of visitors permitted will be provided by management.
  • When patient tests positive for COVID, and when patient is considered a Person Under Investigation for COVID (awaiting test results for COVID, due to symptoms or exposure), no visitors will be allowed.
  • Management reserves the right to restrict or permit visitors based on the medical circumstances and the safety of employees, patients and visitors.

In lieu of a personal visit, we suggest utilizing FaceTime, Zoom or other virtual means to connect with a loved one in the hospital.

We apologize for any inconvenience this policy may cause, and we hope you understand we do not make these decisions lightly or without considerable thought. These are difficult but necessary steps intended to keep everyone safe as we implement procedures to slow the spread of COVID-19.

SCREENING QUESTIONS

Visitors entering our facility must anser the following questions.

(1)  Do you have ANY of the following symptoms:
Fever or chills
Cough
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Fatigue
Muslce or body aches
Headache
New loss of taste or smell
Sore throat
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Diarrhea

(2) Are you currently awaiting your COVID-19 test results?

(3) Have you been exposed to anyone with COVID-19 or in quarantine for COVID-19 within the last 14 days?


If you answered "Yes" to ANY of these questions, you may NOT ENTER the facility.