Current guidelines

Emergency Department

  • Adult patient: One visitor 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 inpatient: One visitor per patient per day during the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Pediatric inpatients: Two parents or guardians allowed.
  • End-of-life patients: Two visitors at a time.

 

Surgery (inpatient and outpatient): One visitor in the patient’s room for the duration of the surgical procedure. 

Outpatient diagnostic and therapy services: One visitor may accompany the patient or wait in designated waiting areas. 

Patients with intellectual and/or developmental disability or cognitive impairments: One support person. 

 

NO VISITORS ALLOWED for patients under investigation for possible COVID-19 diagnosis and those confirmed positive for COVID-19. 

Approved support persons must be over the age of 18 and will continue to be screened upon entering the facility for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. Support persons who have any of the following symptoms or are not feeling well will NOT be allowed to visit:

  • Fever (greater than 100.0F) or chills
  • Difficulty breathing or shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of sense of taste or smell
  • Exposure to a known COVID-19 person the past 14 days.
  • If the support person had COVID-19 he/she may not come to the hospital until 14 days after onset of symptoms or positive COVID-19 test AND and least 24 hours fever free with improvement in symptoms.

Visitor Considerations

If you know someone in the hospital, we do encourage you to call their room for a telephone visit, use your cell phones to text, call or video chat with them.  

Loved ones can be checked on by calling St. Joseph’s Hospital Highland at 618-651-2600. An operator will connect you to patients’ rooms after you provide some information.
 
Family and support persons should make sure to provide the nursing staff with their contact information.

Having the support of your family and friends is an important part of the healing process. While we do our best to accommodate those visiting our hospital, the well-being and safety of our patients is our number one concern.