Effective today, Wednesday, November 24, 2021, HSHS St. Francis Hospital will allow two visitors per patient. 

All visitors must continue to follow hospital-specific processes for entry into the facility. All visitors must have their temperature checked and be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. In addition, medical grade masks (non-cloth) are mandatory. Visitors must be age 18 or older, unless they are the parent of a child receiving care.

No visitors are allowed for patients under investigation for possible COVID-19 diagnosis and those confirmed positive for COVID-19.

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.

Effective Wednesday, November 24, visitors will now be permitted as follows:

Emergency department

  • Adult patient: Two visitors who must stay in the patient’s room for duration of visit.
  • Pediatric patient: Two parents and/or guardians who must stay in the patient’s room for duration of visit.

Inpatient units:

  • Adult inpatients: Two visitors per patient per day during the hours of 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. 
  • Pediatrics inpatients: Two parents or guardians allowed.
  • Women and infants center: Two support persons during delivery who must remain the same for the duration of the hospital stay.
  • End-of-life patients: Two visitors per patient per day. Please call the hospital (217-324-2191) for guidance in specific situations.

Surgery (inpatient and outpatient): Two visitors in the waiting room only for the duration of the surgical procedure.

Outpatient diagnostic and therapy services:

  • Two visitors may accompany the patient or wait in designated waiting areas. 
  • Patient receiving outpatient services are encouranged to come alone whenever possible or have visitors wait outside until services are complete.

Patients with intellectual and/or developmental disability or cognitive impairments: Two support persons.

Visitor guidelines are subject to change at any time to address the health needs of our communities. By putting these guidelines in place, St. Francis Hospital is exemplifying its commitment to the dignity and care of all, especially the most vulnerable among us. 

Media Contact

Kelly Barbeau

Manager, Marketing & Communications
HSHS Illinois
Office: (618) 234-2120, Ext. 41270
kelly.barbaeu@hshs.org

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