Visiting Guidelines

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As of August 20, 2021, Van Wert Health has modified its visitation restrictions to help control the spread of COVID-19 and other respiratory illnesses. In addition to the screening and hand hygiene protocols currently in place, all visitors are required to wear masks or face coverings and practice social distancing.  This guideline is for the safety of our patients, staff, and the community.

Visiting hours are from 8 AM - 8 PM

Patients and families are encouraged to use technology to stay connected to friends and family while keeping safe from infections that can be spread from person to person.

Additionally, you may send a free eCheer card to your loved one in the hospital! 

Pediatric Inpatient

  • Up to 2 healthy primary caregivers may accompany pediatric patients per stay. One caregiver in the room at a time.
  • For pediatric patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are being evaluated for COVID-19, only one adult primary caregiver may accompany the patient per stay, and must remain in the patient’s room for the duration of the patient’s admission.
  • Visiting hours do not apply for caregivers of pediatric patients, they are invited to stay for the entire duration of a patient's stay.

Adult Inpatient

  • One healthy adult visitor per stay.
  • No visitors are allowed for adult patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are being evaluated for COVID-19.

Adult Emergency Services

  • One healthy adult visitor at a time may accompany each adult patient.
  • No visitors are allowed for patients who have tested positive for or are being evaluated for COVID-19.

Pediatric Emergency Services

  • Two healthy caregivers at a time may accompany each pediatric patient. Siblings under age 18 are not permitted at this time.
  • For pediatric patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are being evaluated for COVID-19, only one adult primary caregiver may accompany the patient per stay, and must remain in the patient’s room for the duration of the patient’s admission.

Adult Surgery and Procedures

  • One healthy adult visitor may accompany each adult patient scheduled for surgery or a procedure.
  • No visitors are allowed for patients who have tested positive for or are being evaluated for COVID-19.

Pediatric Surgery and Procedures

  • Two healthy adult visitors may accompany each pediatric patient scheduled for surgery or a procedure.
  • For pediatric patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are being evaluated for COVID-19, only one adult primary caregiver may accompany the patient.

Labor and Delivery

  • Mothers laboring and delivering may have a support person. Visiting hours do not apply for this support person, they are invited to stay for the entire duration of a patient's stay.
  • For patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 or are being evaluated for COVID-19, only one support person may accompany the patient and remain in the room for the duration of the stay.

All Patients at End of Life

  • Patients who are nearing end of life may have additional visitors present. The patient’s clinical care team makes the determination that a patient is considered at end of life if the patient has been transitioned to comfort care or is considered to be within hours or days of end of life.

Pastoral Care

  • Pastoral visits and clergy support from a patient’s own faith community are always welcome and will not “count” toward a patient’s approved visitors for the day.

Special Considerations

  • There are limited special exceptions that may be considered with coordination with the clinical care team.