As of July 1, 2021 GCGH’s visitor policy:
We understand that situations differ with various patient needs and decisions for visitation may be on a case-by-case basis with the safety of our staff, patients and community at the forefront of each decision. For up to date COVID-19 information and guidelines, click here.
As of August 12, 2021:
- To recognize that rest and quiet times are an important part of the healing process, we prefer visitors from 7 a.m. – 8 p.m with quiet time hours of 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
- No visitors under the age of 18.
- No visitors for Outpatient Services.
- ICU patients may have 1 visitor throughout their stay. This also depends on the situation and our staff is allowed to restrict or allow visitors, if necessary.
- Med/Surg and OB patients may have 2 visitors throughout their stay. This also depends on the situation and our staff is allowed to restrict visitors, if necessary.
- Emergency Department patients may have 1 visitor after the physician assessment has been completed and their needed testing/care is complete. This also depends on the situation and our staff is allowed to restrict visitors, if necessary.
- All visitors screened at entrances. For more information about our new screening technology developed by NSCW Crane, click here.
- Masks are required for anyone entering the hospital or hospital owned building.
- The cafeteria remains closed to the public at this time. Curbside Pickup is still available.
If not under visitor restriction or suspension, all patients have the right to visitation except as outlined below.
- Visitation is supported as follows:
- Patients have the right to select who may or may not visit them regardless of whether or not that person is legally related to the patient.
- Patients and/or their representatives will be fully informed of their visitation rights on admission including any clinical restrictions or care whenever possible and when he/she is informed of their patient rights.
- Visitors will not be restricted based on race, color, national origin, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability
- Clinical restrictions and limitation decisions will be based on the health and safety of the visitors and patients.
- Visitation may be restricted under the following clinically necessary and/or reasonable circumstances:
- Patient is undergoing care interventions;
- Presence of infection control issues;
- Visitation may interfere with the care of other patients;
- Existence of court orders restricting contact (of which the hospital is aware);
- Disruptive, threatening or violent behavior of any kind;
- Patient need for privacy or rest;
- Need for limitation of the number of visitors during a specific time;
- Need for minimum age requirements for child visitors.
When someone is sick or in the hospital, a visit can help cheer them up. But it’s also important to remember that when someone is sick, they may not be in the mood to see many people. So it’s a good idea to be sensitive to a patient’s needs
References: Federal Register Vol 75, #223, 482.13 and 485.635
Revised: 1993, 8/1/99, 7/1/02, 5/1/05, 11/1/08, 2/1/12, 6/29/21