Adena Health System Visitor Policy

For the health, well-being and safety of our patients, visitors, and caregivers, Adena Health System adheres to the following visitor restriction guidelines.

Hospital visiting hours are 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., seven days a week. 

Visitor Restrictions

 Inpatient Non-COVID

  • Two visitors per patient between the hours of 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Must be symptom free and pass the entrance screening process
  • Must wear mask at all times, even while in patient room and even if you are fully COVID-19 vaccinated 
  • Must social distance, wash hands often and follow all facility safety protocols
  • Must remain in patient room for entire visit or designated visitor area per care staff when patient room cannot accommodate for appropriate social distancing. Visitor will be allowed limited access to leave and re-enter unit (example - Cafeteria and back)
  • Wandering the unit and exiting and entering the room multiple times may result in removal of visitor privileges
  • Must leave facility after visit is over – no congregation and waiting room use for inpatient visitation

 Inpatient COVID (Confirmed or Suspected)

  • Visitation with COVID positive or suspected patients is allowed, but still restricted in all areas including the Emergency Department and inpatient areas.
  • As visitation can be a significant benefit to the patient’s clinical care and well-being, one visitor will be allowed per day for a COVID positive or COVID suspected patient.
  • There is only one visitor per day (no rotation of visitors within the same day).
  • The visitor must be symptom free and pass the entrance screening process.
  • Personal Protective Equipment for a visitor of a COVID positive or suspected patient includes a KN95 mask, face shield, gown and gloves. The mask, face shield and information on COVID visitation will be provided to the patient at the Adena Regional Medical Center north entrance, Adena Fayette Medical Center main entrance, Adena Greenfield Medical Center main entrance and Adena Pike Medical Center main entrance. Gown, gloves and instructions on proper doffing and donning (putting on and taking off) will be provided by the nursing unit.
  • The visitor must remain in the patient room for their entire visit – visitor may not reenter once they leave the patient room. They cannot visit the gift shop, café’s or cafeteria. When necessary, food trays will be provided to the visitor.
  • Hospital caregivers are encouraged to escort visitors of COVID positive/suspected patients from the building when able.
  • Visitors of a COVID positive/suspected patient should use the patient bathroom.

Surgery

  • One named visitor for encounter
  • Must be symptom free and pass the entrance screening process
  • No wandering hospital; must stay in surgical/designated waiting area
  • Must wear mask at all times, even while in patient room and even if fully COVID-19 vaccinated 
  • Must social distance, wash hands often and follow all facility safety protocols

Inpatient Maternity/Labor and Delivery/Pediatrics

  • Three visitors throughout duration of each day

Labor & Delivery

  • Three visitors total (including father of baby/significant other/identified support person)
  • Three visitors can remain through delivery and two-hour recovery period
  • If recovery is over after 8 p.m. only one identified support person can stay overnight, remaining two visitors will leave when patient transfers to Mother Infant Unit
  • No swapping of visitors

Mother Infant Unit

  • Only identified support person can stay overnight
  • Remaining two visitors will need to leave when visiting hours end.

PEDS

  • Three visitors per day (two parents can stay overnight)

Inpatient Behavioral Health

  • One visitor per patient between the hours of 5 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Must check in with Emergency Department and will be provided a special sticker for allowance to enter to the Behavior Health Unit.
  • Must be symptom free and pass the entrance screening process
  • Must wear mask at all times, even while in patient room and even if fully COVID-19 vaccinated 
  • Must social distance, wash hands often and follow all facility safety protocols

Outpatient/Ambulatory Clinic Visits and Testing

  • One support person allowed per patient
  • OB Clinics: one support person for all prenatal visits in order to comply with social distancing guidelines
  • Social distancing is more challenging in some of our clinic and outpatient waiting areas so individual practices/departments may have to limit visitation and/or encourage patients/visitors to wait in their vehicle until a treatment room is ready
  • Exceptions:
- Minor patients (under 18) – two visitors, limited to only parents or guardians
- For patients brought in by transport, all transport staff members may remain
 
  • Must wear mask at all times, even while in patient room and even if fully COVID-19 vaccinated 
  • Must be symptom free and pass the entrance screening process
  • Must social distance, wash hands often and follow all facility safety protocols
  • Must remain in patient room during clinic visits

Visitor Requirements must be followed at all times, in all visiting locations or visitor will be asked to leave the facility

  • Must complete screening process and have no symptoms of illness in order to enter facility
  • If recently tested positive for COVID, must be 10 days since onset of symptoms or test date, recovery of respiratory symptoms and no fever for the past 24 hours
  • Must wear mask at all times, even in the patient room and even if fully COVID-19 vaccinated
  • Must social distance, wash hands often and follow all facility safety protocols
  • Must remain in patient room at all times. No visiting gift shop, café’s or cafeteria
  • No waiting room use – waiting rooms are closed to inpatient visitors
  • No minor visitors (under 18)
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer when entering and leaving rooms and facility buildings

Special Circumstances

Intensive Care Unit

  • Continue to allow 1 visitor at a time (rotation allowed) unless exceptions are to be made regarding end-of-life situations detailed below.

Spiritual Support

  • Inpatients may have one in-person visit by their own clergy for brief spiritual support if requested by patient and family

End-of-Life Situations:

  • Non-COVID patients who are believed to be end of life may have up to 3 visitors at a time; however, visitors can rotate (3 leave, 3 more enter).  COVID positive patients who are end of life may have 2 visitors at a time and visitors must remain in the room with the patient during their visit.
  • Visitation hours should be honored in most cases.  Exceptions may include allowances for immediate family members (spouse, children, parents) but visit limits of no more than 5 people should occur even in these sensitive times due to limited room capacity and impact to other patients/patient care.
  • Visitors cannot congregate in waiting areas.  When rotating with other family members, they must leave the building once their visitation time is complete.
  • The family is encouraged to work out a visitation plan/schedule to ensure all family wishing to visit has the opportunity to do so. 
  • If accommodations outside the guidelines are needed, this should be reviewed by the care team with the family for approval and then shared with Security/Concierge at ARMC North Entrance or Main entrances at Pike & Greenfield.
  • Accommodations that raise concerns with Infection Prevention protocols or interrupt patient care of the patient in question or others on that unit may be overridden by VP/Director of Quality or Infection Prevention, Nursing Director/CNO, ACNO, Administrator On Call or site administration (VP ARMC or Senior Operations Executive Officers at Pike or Greenfield). 

Surgical Vendors

  • Restricted unless integral to the surgical procedure as determined by the clinical care team

Caretakers

  • One named visitors acting in the role of a caretaker will be allowed access if clinical teams determine the non-COVID patient:
- Requires the caretaker to support patient care
- Is dependent on the caretaker prior to admission to perform activities of daily living, such as feeding, bathing, toileting and communication
- Is disoriented due to conditions such as traumatic brain injury, dementia, Alzheimer's disease or an altered mental state
- Has a developmental disability
- Is deaf or in need of an interpreter
 
  • Must be symptom free and pass the entrance screening process
  • Must wear mask at all times, even while in patient room and even if fully COVID-19 vaccinated
  • Must social distance, wash hands often and follow all facility safety protocols

COVID-19 Symptoms

Patients and visitors are reminded to carefully self-monitor and conduct a daily health/symptom self-evaluation and stay at home if they are symptomatic. Symptoms may appear 2-14 days after exposure to the virus.

Individuals with these symptoms may have COVID-19:

- Fever or chills
- Cough
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Fatigue
- Muscle or body aches
- Headache
- New loss of taste or smell
- Sore throat
- Congestion or runny nose
- Nausea or vomiting
- Diarrhea
 

Anyone exhibiting one or more of the above symptoms should contact the Adena COVID-19 Hotline at 740-542-SAFE (7233) for next steps.

As we learn to live with COVID-19 in our daily lives and adjust to our “new normal”, we can work together to stay healthy. Protecting ourselves and others when we can’t stay home is essential. Learn more on ways where Together We Can Stay Healthy

Thank you for your cooperation for the health and safety of our communities.

Related Resources

Adena Health System COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Hotline
Virtual Visits
- Together We Can Stay Healthy
- Taking Every Precaution
- Enhanced Cleaning
- Tobacco-Free Facilities