Coronavirus (COVID-19) Announcements

October 2, 2020


Springhill Medical Center continues to enhance policies to keep our patients and our employees safe throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

Visitor Restriction Guidance

Effective Date:  10/2/2020
COVID-19 & Symptomatic PUI Inpatients 

·    COVID-19 positive or Symptomatic PUI patients will not be allowed to have any caregivers present at the bedside except in end-of-life situations.
·    There will be no visitors in ICU due to COVID restrictions.

Non-COVID Inpatients 
·    One competent visitor, 18 years or older, shall be considered in situations where his/her presence improves the patient’s safety or physical care. 
·    The visitor will not be allowed to rotate with others during the patient’s stay, as we continue to recognize the importance of reducing unnecessary exposure.
·    The one visitor must:
     o    Be competent in his/her ability to improve the care and understanding of the patient.
     o    Must have a photo ID
     o    Follow Universal Masking Guidelines: Patients and visitors should be wearing their own face covering upon arrival to the facility and must wear it at all times. If they do not have a face covering, a facemask should be offered as supplies allow, which should be worn while they are in the facility. Face coverings can be made of a variety of materials, including cloth, for the purpose of Universal Source Control. Face coverings should not be placed on anyone who has trouble breathing, or anyone who is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance. Individuals who are unable to wear a mask should consider not visiting due to the increased risk of disease transmission.
     o    Agree to practice appropriate hand hygiene and limit the touching of surfaces in patient care areas.
     o    Stay in the room:  Visitors are asked to remain in the patient’s room
     o    Comply with entrance screening: Visitors will only be allowed through the front lobby of the hospital with active visitor screening upon entry. 
              Entry will be denied to anyone who screens positive for symptoms of COVID-19 such as a temperature above 100.4, cough or shortness of breath.
              Entry will be denied to anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19
              Visitors are asked to wear a visitor band at all times. 

End-of-Life Guidance
·    For non-COVID-19 patients in which death is reasonably anticipated within 24-48 hours, immediate family (parents, spouse, and children) will be allowed at the bedside
·    For PUI/COVID-19 patients, only one visitor will be allowed at the bedside, pursuant to approval from the attending physician due to limited PPE.
     o    Visitors will be required to follow all instructions from clinical staff related to hand washing, PPE, entry/exit, length of time with patient etc.

Emergency Department
·    One visitor will be permitted once the patient has been assigned to a room.  The one visitor is to remain in the patient’s room.
     o    The visitor will be screened on admission. If the visitor does not pass screening, they will not be allowed to enter the facility.
     o    The visitor will be required to wear a mask at all times.
     o    The visitor will not be allowed to rotate with others during the patient’s stay, as we continue to recognize the importance of reducing unnecessary exposure.
     o    COVID-19 positive or Symptomatic PUI patients will not be allowed to have any visitors.

Observation/Outpatient Surgical Procedure Guidance
·    Will be closed to visitors for patients with less than a 24 hour stay. 

Special Circumstance Visitors 
·    Special Circumstance Visitors will be required to follow all other guidelines including screening, universal masking guidelines, and remain in the patient’s room at all times.
·    The following visitors will be allowed into the hospital and not restricted to certain hours:
     o    End of life care, including clergy visitation for end of life care and patients who have elected hospice and are pending discharge. 
     o    Labor and Delivery
     o    Pediatric care where parent or legal guardian is required
     o    In person training of caregiver is considered essential, and may permit training more than one caregiver providing social distancing and other precautions are maintained.
     o    Reasonable access to support person(s) for patients with disabilities, for example patients with cognitive or developmental disabilities who require presence of legal guardian.

Cafeteria
·    Will be closed to visitors.

Hours of Visitation 
·    Visitors will be allowed to enter from the hours of 10:00 AM until 2:00 PM. 
·    Unit 3500 hours will be from 10:00 AM until 10:30 AM and 1:30 PM until 2:30 PM. 
·    The waiting rooms will not be open to visitors. 

We reserve the right to restrict visitation at any time in order to protect and maintain the health and safety of our patients and employees. 

   Our message to anyone wishing to help in some way is to please consider a donation of whole blood or platelets by visiting the LifeSouth blood donation office located on Hillcrest Road in the coming weeks.


🚨🚨The Birthing Suites at Springhill - UPDATE 3/16/2020🚨🚨
Please understand all restrictions we are placing on visitors to our Birthing Suitse are to protect our Mothers and their new babies. We need your help and cooperation. We are not allowing any non-essential visitors to our unit at this time. This includes personal photographers, our hospital photographer will be screened daily. We will be providing an ID band to each visitor to allow them access to the unit, which will be locked until further notice.

Effective Immediately the following precautions will be implemented to prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) and to protect our Moms and babies.

  • Visitors will be limited to one (1) per patient with documentation of a negative COVID-19 test.
  • Any visitors with cold or flu symptoms will NOT be allowed to visit.
  • Any visitors who have traveled outside of the U.S. or any area within the U.S where COVID-19 is active in the last 30 days will NOT be allowed to visit.
  • We are strongly discouraging any children under the age of 15 from visiting.
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  • The Alabama Department of Public Health has set up a hotline for people who are concerned about whether they need to be tested and where testing is available.  That number is 1-888-264-2256.

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