St. Joseph Hospital COVID-19 Response.
St. Joseph Hospital is committed to providing the safest experience possible as we continue to respond to the global pandemic. As mission-focused and dedicated healthcare professionals, we’ve been compassionately serving the needs of our community for more than 110 years. Our commitment to maintaining the highest level of care before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic has never wavered and we stand ready to serve our patients by providing safe, high-quality healthcare to all those in need. Despite the challenges presented over the past 2 years, we will always put the safety and the needs of our patients first.
Your Safety Is Our Priority
Whether you are visiting the hospital or one of our ambulatory care practices, you can be confident in the safety and health measures we have instituted since the beginning of the pandemic and continue to enforce including:
- Everyone entering our facility – including our employees – is screened for possible COVID-19 symptoms every day.
- We provide every staff member, patient, and visitor with a mask.
- We require appropriate social distancing be maintained in all patient areas.
- Our staff wears appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) when treating patients.
- We clean our unit and exam rooms thoroughly and often.
- We maintain strict adherence to all state and national guidelines.
Visitation Policy During the COVID-19 Pandemic – UPDATED 1/5/22
- All visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, a diagnosis of COVID-19 in the prior 10 days and confirm they have not been exposed by others with COVID-19 in the prior 14 days.
- Visitors with any symptoms of COVID-19 or exposure within the past 14 days will not be permitted into the hospital.
- In compassionate care circumstances, including but not limited to end-of-life-situations, decisions about visitation will be made collaboratively with the healthcare team, patient and loved ones, as appropriate, on a case-by-case basis.
- Procedural areas, Maternal Child Health and the Emergency Department will follow unit specific protocols.
- Visitors will be provided a facility-issued mask if they are wearing an inappropriate mask (cloth mask, gaiters etc.) upon entering the hospital.
- Visitors are required to wear a mask at all times while in the hospital and to perform hand hygiene when visiting a patient.
- Visitors must follow social distancing guidelines during their visit.
- For ambulatory or outpatient services, St. Joseph Hospital may permit one individual to accompany the patient to an in-person provider visit.
- All inpatient areas (except MCH) will permit a maximum of 2 visitors per day between 11 am and 7 pm for 30 minutes.
- Visitation may be prohibited if the patient to be visited tests positive or shows symptoms of COVID-19.
- St. Joseph Hospital will continue to support and possible, provide alternative electronic methods for communication between patients and visitors.
- Birth partners, parents of patients who are under the age of 18 years old, attorneys of patients and companions or designated support persons for patients with a disability or special needs, are not considered visitors, but must be screened.
- A designated support person may include but shall not be limited to: a guardian or other legally authorized decision-maker, family member, caregiver, personal care assistant or another disability service provider knowledgeable about the patient’s care. Designated support persons will be provided reasonable access to treatment areas.
- Non-essential personnel including, but not limited to, non-health care professional program interns, volunteers and sales vendors, are permitted to enter the hospital upon screening for COVID-19 symptoms.
- Non-essential personnel must wear a mask for the duration of their time in the hospital and don any other appropriate personal protective equipment as specified.