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Patient Visitation

Visitor Restrictions Implementation Winter 2024

Due to a steady increase in respiratory viral spread, Columbus Regional Health is implementing visitation restrictions on the hospital campus in order to better protect patients, workforce members, and visitors.

Effective Jan 2, 2024, visitation will be limited to those age 18 and older and only two visitors per patient will be allowed at a time. Visitors may rotate in most cases, although special exceptions may apply depending on patient circumstance, unit, or department requirements. 

In addition, the following guidelines will be implemented: 

  • Suggested visitation hours will remain unchanged.
  • Visitors having symptoms suggestive of illness, including, but not limited to: cough, fever, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, diarrhea, tiredness, headache or vomiting, should not be allowed to visit and will be respectfully asked to leave for the safety of the patients within the hospital.
  • Amendments may be made in extenuating circumstances and are at the discretion of unit leadership.
  • Visitors may be asked to wear a mask in patient rooms when requested.

Specialty Area Visitation Options

In all settings, visitors must be 18 years of age or older. The visitor guidelines for each hospital area will be as follows:

Tower Floors
Each tower floor will set their own visitor options. In general, no more than two visitors are allowed at a time. Visitors may rotate. All visitors must be age 18 or older. Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances and are at the discretion of the floor manager and patient care team. 

Each patient is allowed two visitors at a time, age 18 or older.

Outpatient services and procedures
Each patient is allowed two visitors or support persons age 18 or older to accompany them for their procedure or service. 

Emergency Department
Each patient may have two visitors at a time, age 18 or older.

Birthing Center/Pediatrics
Birthing Center and Pediatrics patients must identify, upon arrival, no more than four individuals who will be permitted visitation rights during the patient stay. Level 2 Visitors must have a wristband in place during visit. Those individuals may rotate visitation two at a time. 

Mental Health
Two visitors at a time, age 18 or older. Visitors should contact Mental Health Unit before visiting. 

In all areas, visitation exceptions will be allowed for extenuating or end-of-life situations. 

Limited Hospital Entrances

For the safety and convenience of staff, patients and visitors, a few entrances to facilities on the main hospital campus remain restricted. The following entrances are open to the public during the following hours:

  • Entrance 1 (Emergency Department) – open 24/7
  • Entrance 2 – open 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • VIMCare/Laboratory Entrance -- open 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Entrance 3 (Main) – open 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Entrance 4 will function as an admit and discharge only location for Surgical Services and Endoscopy Center patients.

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Map overview of the CRH campus.

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