Under normal circumstances, we welcome visitors because we know in-person visits are an important part of the recovery process for our patients. But with the COVID-19 pandemic, times are changing rapidly and we must do everything we can to prevent the spread of this virus and protect our patients, workers, and our island community. In order to accomplish this, we continuously monitor the situation and adjust our visiting policies accordingly. Due to the rise of COVID-19 cases and increase in the hospital’s census, the following are effective August 19, 2020:
Visiting – SUSPENDED
Visitation privileges are suspended until further notice, except for certain situations which include:
- At the end of life, for religious services only.
- Children/Minors, patients with disabilities, high risk patients, one (1) authorized visitor/caregiver for children/minor patients; patients with disabilties; or patients who are high risk for falls, suffer from dementia or serious ailments; or patients who require a guardian is authorized. Overnight stays will only be permitted if the hospital can accommodate it.
- Labor & Delivery: Patients may designate one (1) support person during labor and delivery stay. The rotation of support persons is not allowed.
- Obstetrics Ward: Patients may designate one (1) support person during postpartum stay. The rotation of support persons is not allowed.
- Nursery/NICU: Parents of Nursery/NICU patients may contact the unit, via the operator at 647-2330/2252, to schedule 15-30 minute visitation, or a virtual visit using electronic devices.
General Visiting Guidelines:
Authorized visitors must/are
- be 18 years old and above, unless they are a parent of the patient;
- wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) for the duration of the visit;
- subject to temperature checks and other screening measures in effect
Visitors/caregivers for PUIs and COVID-19 patients must consent to an Acknowledgement of Responsibilities & Waiver of Liability re COVID-19 for Non-GMHA Employees/Staff.