St. Mary's Hospital earns gold seal

The exterior of St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City is seen Nov. 10, 2020, from Missouri 179.
Liv Paggiarino
/ News Tribune.

Officials at St. Mary’s Hospital in Jefferson City announced Monday morning that, effective immediately, they will relax visitor restrictions due to a decrease in COVID-19 admissions and reduced community prevalence.
The following visitor guidelines are now in place:
– All non-COVID positive patients, including pediatric patients, are welcome to have two support people at a time, over the age of 16, during designated hours.
– Family Birth Center patients are allowed two support people for the duration of the stay. After delivery, siblings of the newborn will be allowed during visiting hours.
– Emergency Room patients and interventional patients are allowed two support people.
– Patients coming to the hospital for imaging studies or other diagnostic testing will be allowed one support person. This also applies to behavioral health patients and clinic patients.
– Exceptions may be made for end-of-life situations.
– Support people must enter through the Outpatient Entrance between 5 am and 7 pm Monday through Friday and 10 am until 7 pm on the weekend. Additionally, the following guidelines are in place:
– Masks or face coverings are required at all times. Visitors are expected to bring their own masks.
– All entrants are subject to screening before entering the facility.
– Visitors are to stay in the patient room or designated waiting area.
– Visitors must follow hand hygiene and social distancing guidelines.
“After experiencing another surge this summer, we are again cautiously optimistic having seen a consistent decline in both the number of hospitalizations due to the virus and a reduction in community prevalence over the past several weeks,” said Mike Baumgartner, regional president of SSM Health in mid-Missouri. “We feel comfortable relaxing the visitor policies. We will continue to monitor the rate of community transmission and make adjustments to these guidelines as needed.”

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