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Hospitals restrict visitors to curb spread of coronavirus

As the novel coronavirus spreads in the Houston area, hospitals are adjusting their visitor policies as concerns regarding the respiratory disease grow.

In an effort to keep MPN readers informed, we will update this article when other hospitals announce a change in policy.

Please see the press releases below for more information.

Memorial Hermann Modifies Visitor Policy, effective Tuesday, March 10

HOUSTON (March08, 2020)

To further protect the health of our patients, workforce and the community, and prevent the potential spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Memorial Hermann is modifying its visitor policy across all Memorial Hermann acute-care and rehabilitation hospitals and Convenient Care Centers, effective Tuesday, March, 10 at 7 a.m. until further notice.

The modified visitor policy limits the number of visitors per patient, restricts the number of access points and implements screening for all visitors.

  • Visitation will be limited to two adult (18 years or older) visitors per patient, per day.
  • All visitors and patients, including vendors and contractors, will be screened at designated entry points, including the Emergency Center.
  • For patients in isolation, visitation will be limited to one adult (18 years or older) per patient, per day. These visitors will also be required to wear personal protective equipment and will not be permitted to visit common areas within the facility.

The brief screening process includes a temperature check and questionnaire. Individuals cleared through the screening process will receive a color-coded wristband which must be worn throughout their hospital visit. Visitors who are sick or do not meet screening criteria will not be allowed to enter the facility.

Below are facilities impacted by the modified visitor policy:

  •  Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center
  • Children’s Memorial Hermann
  • Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center
  • Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center
  • Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital
    Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Southeast Hospital
  • Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital
  • Women’s Memorial Hermann Memorial City Hospital
  • Women’s Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Medical Center
  • TIRR Memorial Hermann
  • Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital – Katy
  • Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Greater Heights
  • Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Katy
  • Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Kingwood
  • Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Sienna Plantation
  • Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Spring
  • Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center in Summer Creek
  • Memorial Hermann 24-Hour Emergency Care in The Woodlands

 

HCA HOUSTON HEALTHCARE

March 6, 2020

In response to several positive novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases in the greater Houston area, HCA Houston Healthcare has initiated new visitor policies at its 13 hospitals to safeguard staff and patients at each facility.

  • Effective immediately and until further notice, each HCA Houston Healthcare hospital will allow two visitors at a time per patient. Visiting hours are 6AM to 6PM.
  • Under the new visitation rules, one visitor can stay overnight with laboring mothers, NICU and pediatric patients.
  • Entry points at each HCA Houston Healthcare hospital also are now staffed to screen visitors based on the health system’s protocols for identifying and assessing for COVID-19.
  • Additionally, all visitors to the hospital will be screened by answering a series of questions about recent travel and current health.
  • Each hospital will maintain a separate employee entrance.

See below for specific information regarding an HCA Houston Healthcare location.

HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake

  • Visitors or patients are being directed to use the main hospital and ER entrance
  • Visiting hours are restricted from 6AM to 6PM
  • 2 visitors are allowed at a time in a patient’s room

HCA Houston Healthcare Conroe

  • Visitors or patients are being directed to use the main hospital or women’s entrance
  • Visiting hours are restricted from 6AM to 6PM
  • 2 visitors are allowed at a time in a patient’s room

HCA Houston Healthcare Kingwood

  • Visitors or patients are being directed to use the west entrance, pediatric ER, main ER or OB Emergency Department (South Tower)
  • Visiting hours are restricted from 6AM to 6PM
  • 2 visitors are allowed at a time in a patient’s room

HCA Houston Healthcare Mainland

  • Visitors or patients are being directed to use the main hospital and ER entrance
  • Visiting hours are restricted from 6AM to 6PM
  • 2 visitors are allowed at a time in a patient’s room

HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center

  • Visitors or patients are being directed to use the north or south tower main entrance
  • Visiting hours are restricted from 6AM to 6PM
  • 2 visitors are allowed at a time in a patient’s room

HCA Houston Healthcare North Cypress

  • Visitors or patients are being directed to use the main hospital or ER entrance
  • Visiting hours are restricted from 6AM to 6PM
  • 2 visitors are allowed at a time in a patient’s room

HCA Houston Healthcare Northwest

  • Visitors or patients are being directed to use the north and south tower or emergency department entrance
  • Visiting hours are restricted from 6AM to 6PM
  • 2 visitors are allowed at a time in a patient’s room

HCA Houston Healthcare Pearland

  • Visitors or patients are being directed to use the main hospital and ER entrance
  • Visiting hours are restricted from 6AM to 6PM
  • 2 visitors are allowed at a time in a patient’s room

HCA Houston Healthcare Southeast

  • Visitors or patients are being directed to use the main hospital and ER entrance
  • Visiting hours are restricted from 6AM to 6PM
  • 2 visitors are allowed at a time in a patient’s room

Texas Orthopedic Hospital

  • There are no updates for this facility at this time

The Woman’s Hospital of Texas

  • Visitors and patients are being directed to use our entrances at the main hospital (West Tower) and emergency room
  • Visiting hours are restricted from 6AM to 6PM

HCA Houston Healthcare Tomball

  • Visitors and patients are being directed to use our Main Entrance A (6am – 6pm), Heart Center Entrance B (6am – 6pm, M-F only) or our Emergency Entrance E (24/7).
  • Visiting hours are restricted from 6AM to 6PM
  • 2 visitors are allowed at a time in a patient’s room

HCA Houston Healthcare West

  • Visitors or patients are being directed to use the main hospital and ER entrance
  • Visiting hours are restricted from 6AM to 6PM
  • 2 visitors are allowed at a time in a patient’s room

 

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