Good Samaritan Visitor Restrictions / Patient Screening

Good Samaritan is taking extra precautions to protect patients, employees, visitors and the general public following the Indiana State Department of Health announcing confirmed cases of Covid-19 (Coronavirus) in Indiana. This is the lastest update on procedures being put into place at Good Samaritan.

Access to Good Samaritan for patients are at these areas:

Health Pavilion

Monday – Friday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday - 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday - 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Emergency Department

24/7

Cancer Pavilion

Open for oncology patients only. Patients will be screened and an appointment will be verified.

Visitor Guidelines:

  • Emergency Room
    • One Visitor 16 Years or Older
      • Length of Visit: ER Visit
        • Upon admission 1 visitor may stay for a 30 minute settling in period if outside of visitation hours (exception: Pediatrics may have both parents/guardians in ER)
  • Inpatient Visitation (Includes inpatients that are having LTC surveillance swabs performed)
    • Visiting Hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
      • One Visitor 16 Years or Older
        • One person per patient per day. No Changing of visitor throughout the day.
  • Inpatient Rehabilitation
    • One Visitor 16 years or older
      • Visiting Hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
        • Discharge support planning & Education per current unit policy
  • Patient with disabilities that may include, but not be limited to, altered mental status, physical, intellectual or cognitive disability, communication barriers or behavioral concerns, who need assistance due to the specifics of their disability, may have one designated support person with them to support their disability related needs during their stay.
    • One Visitor 16 Years or Older
      • Length of Visit: Unlimited
        • Each request must be evaluated by the nursing staff and department manager/nursing supervisor
  • Inpatient Surgery or Procedure
    • One Visitor 16 Years or Older
      • ​Length of Visit: Preprocedure
        • One visitor w/ patient during preoperative phase until pt goes to surgery room then must leave building
  • Outpatient Surgery and All Other OP Procedures (Laboratory, Cardiology, Radiology, Respiratory Therapy, etc.)
    • No Visitors
      • Length of Visit: N/A
        • All communication will be completed via phone
  • Suspected or Confirmed Positive COVID-19 Patients (unless end of life)
    • No Visitors
      • Will adjust visitor requirement when patient tests negative.
  • ICU Window Visit suspected or confirmed Positive COVID-19
    • 1 designated visitor
      • Length of Visit: Every other day - Tues, Thurs, Sat - Scheduled Visits only
        • Escorted to and from room, may not roam hospital during visitation
  • End of Life
    • ​Visitors not restricted
      • Unlimited (24/7) MUST WEAR APPROPRIATE PPE as required
        • Chapain/Nursing discretion on the unit. Limit family in halls and entering/exiting building multiple times
  • Sudden Critical Event
    • Limit Two People at a Time - Immediate Family and Significant Others
      • Length of Visit: Unlimited (24/7)
        • Notify house supervisor for approval/appropriateness of visit for visitors under 16 years of age
  • Pediatric Patient < 18 Years
    • Two Visitors 16 Years or Older
      • Length of Visit: Unlimited (24/7)
        • Encourage parent or guardian visitation only
  • Patient in Labor or Postpartum (COVID Positive or COVID Negative)
    • One DESIGNATED Visitor -16 years or older
      • Length of Visit: Unlimited (24/7)
        • One visitor or support person during the entire stay (may not change designated person)
  • Inpatient Behavioral Health
    • One Designated Visitor Per Stay
      • Visiting Hours Monday - Sunday 6 to 8 p.m.
        • Visitation outside of visiting hours allowed for discharge planning and education
  • Outpatient Infusion (Cancer Center)
    • One Visitor
      • Visiting Hours: Arrival to Discharge
        • Must remain with patient or waiting room and wear mask.
  • CDU (non COVID)
    • One visitor
      • Length of Visit: During Appt
        • Must remain with patient or designated waiting area
  • CDU (COVID-19+)
    • No Visitors
      • Length of Visit: N/A
  • Expected or Unexpected Transfer to Another Medical Facility Outside of Visitation Hours
    • Two Visitors
      • Visiting Hours: Within the 60 minutes prior to departure if outside of visiting hours
        • As arranged by nursing unit or nursing supervisor
  • Medical / Physician Practices
    • No visitors
      • Visiting Hours: N/A

*NURSING SUPERVISOR IS TO BE NOTIFIED FOR DECISION MAKING REGARDING UNUSUAL CIRCUMSTANCES OR FOR VISITATION PAST 6PM.

*In the best interest of a patient, the healthcare team may need to alter the visitation.

*Visitors will wear a mask at all times (even when in the patient room). Visitors should bring their own masks. However, one will be provided if they arrive without a mask. Visitors who refuse to wear a mask will be asked to leave or removed by security if required.

*Discharge support planning & education may occur outside of visitation hours

Patients and visitors will still need to be screened before entering the hospital, provider offices and clinics.

Health Assessment Screening

Every visitor and outpatient who enters the hospital will have to complete a health screening assessment. The Visitor/Outpatient Health Screening includes yes or no questions that include:

Has the patient/visitor:

  • Experienced fever or abnormal temperature in past 48 hours?
  • Taken Tylenol or Advil to treat a fever in the past 48 hours?
  • Tested positive or are awaiting results of testing for COVID-19?
  • Experienced symptoms of a respiratory infection?
    • Trouble breathing or shortness of breath (new for you)
    • Dry cough
    • Sore throat
    • Runny nose
  • Recently lost or had a reduction in your sense of smell or taste?
  • Traveled outside the United States by air or cruise ship in the past 14 days?
  • Had contact in the last 14 days with someone who is suspected of or has tested positive for coronavirus Covid-19?
  • Had anyone in their immediate contacts (or household) tested for or awaiting results for COVID-19 within the last 14 days?
  • Experienced unexplained diarrhea or vomiting in the past 48 hours?
  • Age under 18 years?

CLICK HERE to download the Visitor Screening Form

Patients who answer yes will be provided a mask if they do not have one to proceed to their health care appointment.

Valet service at the hospital has been suspended until further notice as well, however, a shuttle will still be available to pick up patients in the parking lot. Patients coming to the hospital for an outpatient visit, please be on the lookout for the valet shuttle for a ride to the door.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC)

Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH)

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