As Geisinger resumes operations at its clinics, hospitals and outpatient centers, they are updating their visitation policy. The health and safety of all patients, members, visitors and employees remains the top priority as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Geisinger is temporarily modifying routine, in-person visits to its hospitalized patients. They continue to encourage everyone to use alternative ways of interacting, including phone calls, Facetime, Skype and other means, if possible.
Inpatient visitation remains limited.
We know that sometimes it’s crucial to have a visitor or family member present, including after a surgery or procedure. Visitors will be allowed for:
- Patients undergoing surgery or procedures (one single-time visitor immediately after the procedure)
- Patients who are medically unstable (one visitor)
- Patients who are at the end of life (two visitors)
- Delivering mothers (one support person)
- Patients who are minors and those with limited decisional capacity (up to two parents or guardians)
- Patients who have altered mental status, an intellectual, developmental or cognitive disability or a communication barrier (one visitor)
- Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care (one visitor)
Approved visitors are subject to the following guidelines:
- Be 18 years of age or older and in good health
- Bring a form of identification
- Not have symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, recent loss of taste or smell or flu-like illness suggestive of COVID-19
- Not have active COVID-19 infection
- Be symptom-free for at least 14 days if they previously had active COVID-19 infection
- Complete health screening, including a temperature check, at the entrance before entry
- Wear a mask at all times while in the facility
- Respect social distancing guidelines of 6 feet from all others
- Wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering and after leaving a patient’s room
- Use the same entrance for entry into and exit from the hospital.
- Identify themselves and stay in designated areas (not travel throughout the facility)
Patients who have an appointment at a Geisinger clinic, laboratory or radiology, as well as those visiting the Emergency Department, may have one person accompany them, if necessary.
Additional information about Geisinger’s visitation policy, including guidance on visitation hours at each hospital can be found here.