GRMC increases health campus restrictions

The following is a Thursday release from Great River Medical center printed in its entirey

WEST BURLINGTON – Great River Medical Center will add greater visitor restrictions Friday, March 27, in an effort to prevent or contain COVID-19 (coronavirus) transmission in southeast Iowa.

Screening for respiratory symptoms, recent travel and body temperature continues.

Outpatients at the hospital for clinic, Diagnostic Imaging and Laboratory appointments, and Emergency Department care may not be accompanied by a visitor except:

  • Patients under 18 may have one visitor who is a parent or guardian.
  • Patients having surgery or procedures may have one visitor on the day of surgery or the procedure only.
  • Patients requiring special assistance may have one visitor or guardian.
  • Emergency Department:
  • Visitors may be allowed based on the patient’s clinical situation.
  • Patients at end of life where death is imminent may have two visitors.

Ongoing restrictions

Visiting is allowed only in designated areas. No visiting is allowed in these areas:

  • Behavioral Health Unit
  • Cardiovascular Care Unit
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Medical Care Unit
  • Medical-Surgical Unit
  • Progressive Cardiac Unit
  • Rehabilitation Unit

In other areas, patients are limited to the same visitors for the entire time they are hospitalized. They must stay in the patient’s room or designated visitor area. Visitors must be at least 18 years old (unless they are the parents of a pediatric patient). They must pass a screening before visiting these areas:

  • End of life when death is imminent – Patients may have two visitors.
  • Obstetrics Unit – Only the mother’s designated support person may visit unless the mother has a suspected or positive COVID-19 diagnosis.
  • Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit – One birth parent plus one significant other may visit.
  • Pediatrics Unit /patients under 18 – One parent or guardian may visit.

Specific circumstances may further restrict visiting.

Families of the patients described below should discuss visiting options with the patient’s health care team.

  • Patients with disruptive behavior whose family member is key to their care may have one visitor.
  • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays who require a caregiver to help provide safety may have one visitor.

All potential visitors and outpatients are screened before entering the hospital through these locations:

  • Main entrance – 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily
  • Emergency Department entrance – 24 hours a day
  • Eastman Plaza – 6:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday
  • Cancer Care Plaza – 6:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday

All other entrances are closed.

Where to go for more information

  • For more information, visit greatriverhealth.org
  • Great River Health 24-hour Call Center, 319-768-1009 or 800-871-3313, toll-free
  • For COVID-19 questions, call the Iowa Department of Public Health by dialing 211.

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