About Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
Baptist Health System is working closely with Metropolitan Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to respond to any potential coronavirus cases in our area. We routinely treat infectious diseases at our hospitals. We have strong infection control policies, procedures, and systems in place to screen and treat patients. We are committed to keeping our patients, our staff, and our community safe. For more information about the coronavirus, go to the CDC website..
Visitor RestrictionsGiven the increase in COVID patients, we are reinstituting a restricted visitation policy at all Baptist Health System hospitals beginning Monday, January 11.
- In the Emergency Department, pediatric and neonatal patients and patients with disabilities may have one support person.
- Labor and Delivery, Postpartum, Antepartum, Acute Rehab Unit, and HealthLink patients as well as patients at end of life and patients with disabilities may have one support person.
- Visitors on Military Deployment are allowed.
- Surgery/Procedure Patients requiring overnight care.
- Desginated visitor – those whose presence provide critical assistance and are essential to maintaining safety and who are a part of the patient’s care, well-being, and recovery process.
- Pediatric & NICU Inpatients - Two ID banded parents can remain with the patient.
The designated Visitor is able to remain with patient during Visiting Hours except for patients in isolation for COVID-19. (Refer to the exception at the bottom of this page for patients with disabilities). Each designated visitor will be given one Visitor Pass card, which must be presented along with proof of identification at the entrance screening station each day. They must display their Visitor Badge label so that it can be seen. They must wear a mask at all times and remain in the patient’s room.
Visiting Hours will be from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. daily, however pediatric and NICU parents can remain with their children at all times and a support person for patients in active labor. Designated Visitors of patients with disabilities can remain with the patient at all times. Patients in active labor may have a designated visitor remain with them.
All approved visitors upon entry to the hospital will be screened for temperature, respiratory symptoms, possible exposure and pending Coronavirus test results. Approved visitors will not be granted access for failed or refused screening.
Exceptions to the restricted visitation guidelines may be made on an individual basis by hospital executive leadership after careful evaluation of any clinical and/or ethical concerns. We appreciate your support and understanding during this time. Read more about how our parent company, Tenet Healthcare, is supporting our community through COVID-19.