Current Guidelines

Effective September 23, 2021

MASKS ARE STILL MANDATORY. The CDC still requires that masks be worn in all health care settings at all times and visitors should also expect to be screened upon entry. All visitors (except for those with ER patients) MUST enter the building at the blue “Outpatient” sign/entrance between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to have temperature checked and get screened.

Visitor guidelines at St. Elizabeth’s Hospital are as follows, with some noted exceptions listed below:

  • NO VISITORS ALLOWED for patients under investigation for possible COVID-19 diagnosis and those confirmed positive for COVID-19.
  • NO VISITORS UNDER 18 YEARS OLD 
  • No one who is currently positive for COVID-19 but asymptomatic or has been asked to quarantine based on possible exposure to COVID-19 should visit the hospital unless seeking medical attention

 

Emergency department/UrgiCare: 

  • Adult emergency patients - One visitor. Please note: The visitor must remain in the vehicle until the patient is placed in an exam room. Staff will call visitor when they can come in. Visitor must remain in the patient’s room for the duration of visit. 
  • Patients with intellectual and/or developmental disability or cognitive impairments may have one support person.
  • Pediatric emergency patients under the age of 18 may have two parents or guardians present.

 

Inpatient Units

  • Adult inpatients: One visitor (same person per day) who must stay in the patient’s room for duration of visit.
  • Inpatient end-of-life: Two visitors at a time.

Obstetrics patients: Two support persons during delivery and one (same person) throughout rest of stay.

Surgery (inpatient and outpatient): One visitor to stay in identified area for the duration of the surgical procedure.

Outpatient diagnostic and therapy services: One approved adult support person may be with the patient for the duration of their procedure or clinical visit.

  • Patients being provided outpatient services are encouraged to come alone whenever possible or have visitors wait outside until services are complete. All public waiting rooms are currently closed.
  • Pediatric outpatients under the age of 18: Two parents or guardians allowed who must stay in the patient’s room for duration of visit.
  • Patients with intellectual and/or developmental disability or cognitive impairments may have one support person.

 

Approved support persons must be over the age of 18 and will continue to be screened upon entering the facility at the Outpatient entrance (except for emergency visitors) for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. Masks are MANDATORY for all persons within a health care facility, per CDC guideline.

Family members and loved ones should provide nursing staff with their contact information and may call (618) 234-2120 to check on their loved ones. 
 

Phone Calls

 

Loved ones can be checked on by calling the hospital at 618-234-2120. Family and support persons should make sure to provide the nursing staff with their contact information. In addition, St. Elizabeth’s is working on ways to facilitate electronic communications for those who wish to utilize them including use of iPads and the EASE app to allow real-time updates and videos to family members.

Wireless Internet

 

St. Elizabeth’s is proud to offer free wireless internet access to our patients and their visitors.


Considering Patient Privacy

 

St. Elizabeth's appreciates visitors considerations of our patients’ right to privacy. At any time while visiting friends or loved ones, visitors may be asked to leave the patient room in order for the physician or nursing staff to privately discuss the patient’s care.