Ongoing Visitor Restrictions as Part of COVID-19 Response
To protect vulnerable patients receiving care in our hospitals and clinics, Deaconess will continue to require masking and limit visitors within our facilities. Deaconess, along with other regional hospitals, will follow state and national recommendations for lifting these restrictions.
Current Visitor Guidelines
Effective May 19, 2022
So much of society is “opened back up” but CDC guidelines are different for healthcare facilities. People who are already ill or otherwise compromised are inside our facilities, right now. We have been entrusted by all of our patients and their loved ones to keep them safe.
Here are a few key points. Specific details for each facility are described further below.
- In general, two designated visitors will be permitted per adult inpatient per day. (The Women's Hospital and Deaconess Henderson Hospital Women's Services have different guidelines below.)
- All outpatients may now all have one visitor with them.
- Masks are required for all patients, visitors and staff, and social distancing should take place in ALL areas.
- No visitors under the age of 18 are permitted except for end-of-life situations.
These are challenging times, and we look forward to being able to welcome more visitors through our doors. Until that time comes, thank you for your support and cooperation as we work to keep Deaconess a safe place to both receive and provide care.
Deaconess Midtown, Gateway, Henderson, Gibson and Union County Hospitals
Before You Visit
When Can I Visit
- Visiting hours are from 8 AM – 8 PM daily.
- Patients who are coming in for a procedure/surgery prior to 8AM may have two visitors with them.
- Pediatric patients, and some patients who are cognitively impaired, may have visitors outside of these visiting hours.
- COVID-19 patients are able to have visitors in certain circumstances. Please talk with the patient’s care team to learn about specific details.
How many people can visit? (inpatient/same-day surgery)
Each inpatient or same-day surgery patient will be permitted TWO designated visitors age 18+ per day.
- COVID-19 patients are able to have visitors in certain circumstances. Please talk with the patient’s care team to learn about specific details
- End-of-life and other special circumstances will warrant additional visitation. (See “Special Circumstances” below.)
- Patients will be able to receive pastoral care visitors (clergy, chaplains, etc.) Pastoral care visitors will not count as the patient's one visitor that day.
How many people can visit? (outpatients in the hospital facilities)
Effective April 18 and going forward, all outpatients entering hospital or clinica facilities for appointments, lab, radiology, etc. may have one visitor.
Where do I enter?
During visiting hours, visitors may enter only through main entrances of hospitals; Gateway will also screen visitors at the Ortho Neuro Hospital entrance. Deaconess Union County Hospital is checking in visitors through the ED entrance.
What should I expect when I arrive?
- Visitors will complete a screening process upon entering the hospital. Visitor must NOT be in a COVID-related quarantine or have any symptoms of illness.
- Each adult patient may only have two designated visitors for that calendar day.
- Visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times while in the facility. The mask should cover both the nose and mouth, and should be the type with ties or earloops (no gaiters).
During Your Visit
- Masking - Visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times while in the facility.
- Stepping Out During Treatments - Visitors of patients with aerosol generating procedures (AGPs) will be asked to step out of the patient’s room during AGPs, and patient door will be closed.
Special Circumstances, Overnight & Emergency Department Visitors
Special circumstances that may warrant additional visitors include: end-of life, critically ill/injured patient, and/or deterioration of patient status. Special circumstances will be approved and reassessed daily by the patient’s care team/primary RN/ADCO.
- End-of-life visitors will report to the hospital entrances.
- If end-of-life visitors must arrive outside visiting hours, they should enter via the Emergency Department.
- For COVID-19 patients, a staff member from the unit will escort the visitor(s) to the unit to discuss PPE and visitor process and time limits.
- Visitor(s) approved by the primary RN to stay overnight for special circumstances will be required to obtain a pass each night from security at 8 PM daily.
Emergency Department Visitors
- Patients entering the emergency department will be allowed two visitors unless the patient is placed in isolation, such as patients undergoing COVID-19 testing.
- No visitors will be allowed in an isolation room unless under special circumstances.
- If the patient is admitted during visiting hours, two visitors will be allowed to accompany the patient to the room.
- If patient is admitted after visiting hours, no visitation will be permitted unless there are special circumstances, as described above.
If you have questions about visitation at Deaconess facilities,
please call 812-450-5000.
The Women's Hospital, Deaconess Cross Pointe, Deaconess Clinic/other outpatient facilities are also limiting visitors.
Specific guidelines are below.
Outpatient Facility Guidelines
All patients and visitors will be screened at or before check-in.
All outpatients may have one visitor with them.
The Women's Hospital, Deaconess Henderson Hospital Women's Services - Visitation Updates effective March 7, 2022
- Masks are required for all who enter the building and must be worn throughout the visit.
- Patients and visitors will be screened upon entry into the facility.
- Hospital patients, including obstetrical inpatients, gynecology surgical patients, and OB-GYN emergency department patients, may have two designated visitors/support persons.
- These designated visitors/support persons must be 16 years old or older.
- Designated visitors will remain the same throughout the patient’s stay and wrist bands will be utilized to identify designated visitors.
- Siblings of newborns may visit daily during the hours of 4 PM - 6 PM with ONE additional adult.
- Outpatient/Office Appointments: TWO support persons.
- NICU: both parents may visit together. No other NICU visitors at this time.
- Clergy may visit patients as appropriate.
Deaconess Cross Pointe
- All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure, and all visitors must wear a mask while in the facility.
- No entry allowed if an individual reports symptoms of COVID-19, is pending test results or is on quarantine due to recent exposure. This includes family members going to a family therapy session.
- 2 visitors (parent/guardian) per patient per 24 hour period
- Visitors will go back separately, each in 30 minute increments
- Visiting hours:
- Monday – Friday 6:15 – 7:15 PM
- Saturday – Sunday 1 - 2 PM
Visitors who have questions about Deaconess Cross Pointe visitation should call 812-476-7200 prior to entering.
- 2 visitors per patient per 24 hour period
- Visiting hours:
- Monday – Friday – 7:30 – 8:30 PM
- Saturday – Sunday 2:30 – 3:30 PM
- Anyone reporting symptoms of COVID-19 and seeking a CARE Team assessment will be directed to complete a phone or virtual assessment.
- CARE Team will coordinate with the Emergency Department to care for a patient with an acute mental health issue and symptoms of COVID-19.