Loved ones are welcome again.

It’s been a hard year. During the COVID-19 pandemic, our community has faced a number of new challenges as we have worked to protect each other’s health and well-being. Perhaps one of the biggest of those challenges has been separation from others – whether that means forgoing in-person gatherings, grabbing coffee with a friend or visiting a loved one who is receiving care at the hospital.

As we come closer than ever to putting the pandemic behind us, we are pleased to announce that our visitation restrictions are relaxing, and loved ones are welcome again. We know that it has been difficult to be apart from family and friends who are receiving care, and we want to thank you for your patience and understanding while restrictions were in place to protect the health of our patients and staff.

We are so pleased to welcome our patients’ loved ones back to the hospital to visit. Our updated visitor policy can be found below.

It’s been a hard year. Let’s make the next one better…together.

VISITOR POLICY

Bolivar Medical Center is committed to protecting the health and safety of everyone who walks through our doors.

Our hospital’s top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community. We continue to closely monitor the prevalence of coronavirus (COVID-19) in our community and follow state and federal guidance as we adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients. The following visitor policy is effective Tuesday, March 2, 2021.

  • One well visitor/caregiver will be allowed for patients entering the Emergency Department. The lobby of the ED remains closed to all other visitors.
  • One well visitor/caregiver will be allowed for patients receiving a surgical procedure, both outpatient and inpatient until 5:30 pm.
  • One well visitor/caregiver will be allowed for all inpatients during the hours of 9 am to 5:30 pm. Visitors may enter through the front lobby/main entrance of the hospital.
  • ONLY OB patients and pediatric patients will continue to be allowed one well visitor/caregiver for overnight stay.
  • Long Term Care visitation is dependent on positivity rates for Bolivar County and will be communicated to residents and their families.


GENERAL VISITOR GUIDELINES

  • Visitors are NOT allowed on the third floor units, which house intensive care, high-risk, isolation, immunocompromised and/or respiratory patients who are under observation or test positive for COVID-19.
  • All visitors are required to take a temperature check at the kiosk upon entry. Visitors who fail the kiosk temperature check or exhibit signs and symptoms of illness will not be allowed in the facility.
  • A MASK IS REQUIRED DURING THE ENTIRE TIME IN THE FACILITY.
  • Well visitors/caregivers are required to stay in the designated area(s) with the patient, except for the cafeteria.
  • Visitors must be 18 years or older.


Circumstances may allow for specific exceptions to the criteria above. Flexibility is allowed based on local market COVID-19 activity or other extenuating circumstances. For example:

  • Ability to maintain zero-visitor policy or revert to zero-visitor policy based on community COVID-19 activity.
  • ED patients deemed as any of the following will not be allowed a visitor/caregiver: requiring intensive care,
    high-risk, isolation, immunocompromised and/or respiratory patients who are under observation or test positive for COVID-19.

*Some exceptions may apply (e.g. those receiving end-of-life care).

We want to reassure our communities that it is safe to come to the hospital should you or your family need care. We stand ready to serve you.