Henry County Health Center revises visitation policy

MT. PLEASANT — Henry County Health Center has revised its visitor policy to allow limited visitation to the Inpatient Services Department. The new policy was implemented Thursday of this week.

The change in policy comes after the hospital suspended general patient visitation in the Inpatient department and Park Place Elder Living in late August due to increases in COVID-19 cases in Henry County and Southeast Iowa.

To enter the health center, all visitors must be at least 18 years old, pass a temperature check and COVID-19 screening, wear masks at all times while in the facility and stay in designated visiting areas.

Visitors can be screened for entrance at the main lobby entrance, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. Patients receiving services from the rehabilitation, cardiac rehab, infusion-chemotherapy and audiology can enter from the Rehabilitation Services entrance from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Emergency Department patients and visitors can be screened at the department entrance 24 hours a day. Visitors can be screened at the emergency department entrance after 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors may not leave and return on the same day, and people under the age of 18 are only allowed into the center if they are a patient with an appointment.

Department-specific information regarding visitation are as follows:

• Park Place Elder Living — Visitor approval through Park Place administration.

• Inpatient Services — One visitor per day during visiting hours only (10 a.m.-4 p.m.). Visitors may not leave and return in the same day, and must stay in the patient’s room during their visit. No visitors for patients who are COVID-19 positive or patients considered under investigation for COVID-19. Support for these patients will be provided via telephone or video visits.

• Emergency Department — One visitor, who must remain in the patient’s room for the entire visit. May allow additional visitors based on clinical patient situation.

• End of life when death is imminent — Patients may have one visitor.

• Patients who are minors under age of 18 — one visitor, parent or guardian.

• Patients having surgery or procedures — One visitor on the day of surgery or the procedure day.

• Outpatient Services — One visitor.

• Patients requiring special assistance — One visitor or guardian.

Visitation exceptions that require approval by the provider or administration include:

• Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care.

• Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (where caregiver provides safety).