Due to the significant increase in COVID-19 transmission in the community,
Good Samaritan has made updates to its visitor guidelines. The most notable
change is limiting inpatient visitation to one visitor per day, per patient.
Outpatient, perioperative (outpatient surgery) and medical practice patients
will also be restricted to one visitor age 16 or older only if needed
to help with medical, mobility and cognitive needs who is age 16 or older.
The hospital also asks that all non-essential visitors please refrain from
visiting Good Samaritan facilities at this time. This includes anyone
who is not visiting or assisting a patient (ex. non-essential vendors,
visitors to our cafeteria, gift shop and coffee shop).
“This change has been decided with best intentions,” said Laura
McBee, Infection Prevention Coordinator. “Our county and surrounding
counties are experiencing an increase in COVID-19 cases along with an
increase in employee illness. Our goal is to protect our patients and
our staff.” Good Samaritan understands the importance of patients
having visitors and will review and make changes as soon as the hospital
feels it is safe to do so.
As a reminder, Good Samaritan asks everyone to do their part to stay safe
and keep others safe when attending medical appointments. Below are some
examples of how the organization and the community can do their part:
- If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, such as headache, nausea, vomiting,
sore throat, or runny nose, please call ahead to your provider’s
office prior to coming inside the office.
- Consider a virtual visit for routine or acute visits that may not require
an in-person visit. Your provider’s office can help guide you with
the best type of visit for you.
- Only bring one visitor with you to your appointment if they are necessary
for mobility or medical decision making.
When attending an in-person appointment:
- Wear your mask over your nose and mouth. Masks are required, even if vaccinated.
- Maintain a distance of 6 feet from non-household members where possible.
If you are experiencing COVID symptoms, such as headache, nausea, vomiting,
sore throat, or runny nose, please contact your primary care physician
or call Good Samaritan’s nurse triage line at 812-885-3331. You
may also utilize My Health LIVE for virtual visits with one of our providers
that can be accessed on gshvin.org. COVID-19 testing is available at both
Convenient Care Clinic locations in Vincennes located at 1813 Willow Street
and inside Williams Bros. Pharmacy at 1216 Washington Avenue.
Visitors to Good Samaritan facilities can conduct a self-screening assessment
before arriving to check if they are eligible to enter our facilities.
The screening assessment can be found on the gshvin.org homepage under
the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information section.
The full visitor guidelines can also be found on the hospital website.