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Lincoln Health System Revises Visitor Policy in Response to Climbing COVID-19 Numbers

In response to the continuing rise of COVID-19 cases in the state of Tennessee, Lincoln Health System (LHS) will be revising the restricted visitor policy for Lincoln Medical Center. These guidelines will be effective on Monday, July 13, 2020.

LHS Visitor Expectations

Each facility within Lincoln Health System will continue entrance screening protocols to ensure the safety of their patients, approved visitors, and employees.  Visitors who meet the LHS Visitor Guidelines outlined below will be expected to:

  • Arrive masked and continue to wear the mask at all times, making sure the nose and mouth are properly covered. In an effort to conserve our personal protective equipment, visitors are asked to bring their own masks from home, if possible.
  • All visitors must be free of symptoms and exposure risks and must pass the required screening before being allowed to enter any LHS facility.
  • Visitors must sanitize their hands before entering the building and should frequently wash their hands with soap and water or with alcohol-based sanitizer throughout their stay, particularly when entering or exiting a patient room.
  • Visitors must remain in the patient’s room, with the exception of obtaining meals. Visitors are not allowed to leave the building to smoke as LHS is a non-smoking campus and smoking on the premises is strictly prohibited.
  • Visitors are not allowed to ‘swap out’. Each patient, who is allowed visitors per the guidelines below, gets 1 visitor in each 24 hour period. Pediatric and Labor and Delivery patients are allowed 2 visitors.

LHS Visitor Guidelines for LMC

Lincoln Medical Center (LMC) will limit visitors in the areas detailed below:

  • Same- Day Surgery: 1 visitor per day
  • Medical Surgical Floor (2nd Floor): 1 visitor per day
  • ICU: 1 visitor per day
  • Emergency Department: 1 visitor per visit
  • LMC Labor and Delivery Unit: 2 visitors per day. No siblings are allowed at this time.
  • Obstetric Outpatient Visits: No Visitors are allowed at this time.
  • Pediatric Patients: 2 parents/guardians. No siblings are allowed at this time.
  • Outpatient Visits (Lab, X-Ray, CT, Mammogram, MRI, etc): No Visitors, exceptions include patients with diminished mental capacity and pediatric patients.
  • COVID-19 Patients (suspected or confirmed): No visitors
  • Patrick Rehab-Wellness Center (PRWC) will limit visitors to 1 adult per patient. No visitors will be allowed into the treatment areas. Exceptions will include parents with minor children and direct therapy team members.

All visitation is restricted at Lincoln-Donalson Care Center. Hospice patients at end-of-life can receive limited visitors who have passed the screening protocols.

Restricted Hospital Access Points & Visitor Health Screenings

In order to protect patients and employees, access to LMC remains restricted to only the main entrance.

Patients, visitors, and employees at all LHS locations will be screened for fever, cough, and shortness of breath before being allowed to enter patient care areas.  Additional screening questions will include recent travel history and possible exposure to COVID-19.  Visitors who have a positive screening will not be allowed to enter the building.

Protecting our Patients

Lincoln Health System’s revised visitor policy is intended to protect patients, visitors, and employees by decreasing their exposure to individuals who may have been exposed to or who may carry COVID-19 while in the facilities.

LHS recommends that the community practice social distancing, and if you begin to feel sick, please stay at home.  If you are concerned that your symptoms may look like COVID-19, you should call the TDOH hotline at 1-877-857-2945 and follow their advice.  Please remember, most people with COVID-19 will not need to be hospitalized.

LHS is closely monitoring the COVID-19 situation and remains in contact with the CDC and the TDOH.  LHS will adapt its policies, as needed, according to their recommendations.  Policies may change without advanced notice.

 

About Lincoln Health System

Lincoln Health System (LHS), an affiliate of Huntsville Hospital Health System, is a county-owned, non-profit health system located in Fayetteville, Tennessee.  LHS consists of a 49-bed acute care hospital, an ambulance service, a long-term care and skilled care facility, a home health and hospice agency, and a freestanding outpatient rehabilitation and wellness center.  For more information about Lincoln Health System its facilities, medical services, and physicians, visit www.LincolnHealthSystem.com.