LIMA — Stringent visitation guidelines were put in place Friday at Lima Memorial Health System as the hospital responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Mike Swick, president and CEO of Lima Memorial Health System, said the restrictions are necessary to protect the health and safety of patients, employees and the community as a whole.
Starting at 7 p.m. Friday, visitation is not permitted for hospitalized patients. For mother and baby and pediatric patients, one designated partner or primary caretaker is permitted to visit, and it must be the same person throughout the entire duration of stay.
For hospice and end-of-life situations, two visitors will be permitted at any one time for a duration of two hours at a time. Any patient confirmed with having COVID-19 will be prohibited from having visitors. Patients undergoing a surgical, cardiac catheterization or interventional radiology procedure may have one visitor accompany them for pre- and post-procedural instructions. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by one adult caregiver.
Visitors will not be permitted in the Emergency Center, including the lobby, or for patients having outpatient services and testing, unless a caregiver is essential to the patient’s emotional well-being and care.