SSM Health in Illinois Updating Visitor Policy February 1

SSM Health in Illinois Updating Visitor Policy February 1

HERRIN – Beginning February 1, SSM Health in Illinois will update its visitation policy – allowing one support person, per day to visit.

For the health and safety of patients and employees, rotating additional guests in patient rooms will not be allowed.

The new policy includes outpatient surgical procedures, emergency department and clinical appointments. Patients nearing the end of life will be allowed up to two visitors at the beside.

Obstetrics patients will be allowed two designated people to offer support per day. COVID and patients under investigation for COVID will still be under a strict, no visitors policy. Our clinics and ER’s allow two visitors for pediatric patients.

Visiting hours will also be instated at all facilities. Visitors will only be allowed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Visiting hours do not apply to outpatient surgical cases and Emergency Department guests.

All guests visiting an SSM Health facility must follow hospital policies, including: wearing approved face coverings, even when in the patient room; all individuals must be screened for symptoms upon arrival; everyone must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer upon entering and leaving a patient’s room; and always stay at least six feet away from the patient.