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Southwest Washington

A Message to our Community 

Nov. 22, 2021 - Providence permitting limited visitation at hospitals and clinics in Southwest Washington

At Providence SW hospitals and clinics, our patient care philosophy depends greatly on engaging families to be part of the healing process. However, patient and caregiver safety are our top priority. And we depend on our healthy caregiver workforce to care for all who come through our door. 
As of Nov. 22, 2021, 8 a.m., we are updating our visitor policy. Until further notice we will be permitting limited visitation for inpatients at Providence Centralia and St. Peter Hospital.
Please note in all cases, visitors will only be permitted into the hospital if they screen negative for COVID-19 symptoms and wear an appropriate mask at all times. Additionally, children under the age of 18 will not be allowed unless they are the patient being seen. Once you have completed your visit, we are asking all visitors to promptly exit the hospital. We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times. Our goal is to protect you, your loved ones, and our staff.

  • Patients at Providence Medical Group clinics are permitted to have one support person accompany them to their visit.
  • Hospital pediatrics patients (under age 18): Two (parents/guardians) will be allowed to visit.
  • No in-person visitation is permitted for COVID-positive patients

Emergency Department patients may have one visitor.


Obstetric patients may have one partner and one birth support person (doula) to accompany them. The partner may stay the entire time. The doula must leave the hospital once the patient leaves the labor room.


Special Care Nursery patients may have two parents/guardians. No siblings allowed.

Medical & Surgical Inpatient Units, Continuous Observation Unit (COU)

  • Visitation hours 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; 1 person per patient at a time
  • If an Essential Support Person is deemed necessary beyond normal visitation hours, a plan of care will be coordinated.

Critical Care Unit

  • Visitation hours 10 a.m.-noon and 4-6 p.m.; 2 family visitors allowed at a time during each two-hour time block. Visitors will be determined by legal surrogate.
  • COVID-positive patients may have visitation through the glass door/window for up to 20 minutes during each time block; 2 family visitors allowed at a time during each two-hour time block; max of 4 visitors per day. Visitors will be determined by legal surrogate.
  • End-of-life COVID-positive patients may have an in-room visit. May be limited to 30 minutes under certain circumstances, to maintain visitor safety. 2 family visitors allowed at a time. Visitors will be determined by legal surrogate and care team. Nurses will provide education to family members for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). If patients are in a shared room, in-person visitation will be allowed only if both patients are on ventilators.
  • Once a patient is transferred from Critical Care to Inpatient status, they are subject to the current inpatient visitation policy

End-of-life visitation

  • Non-COVID In-patients who are at the end-of-life (expected to pass away within 12-24 hours) may have two visitors at a time.
  • End-of-life COVID-positive patients may have an in-room visit. May be limited to 30 minutes under certain circumstances, to maintain visitor safety. 2 family visitors allowed at a time. Visitors will be determined by legal surrogate and care team. Nurses will provide education to family members for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE). If patients are in a shared room, in-person visitation will be allowed only if both patients are on ventilators.

We appreciate your understanding during these challenging times. Our goal is to protect you, your loved ones, and our staff.

 

Patient Belongings

With limited visitation, we ensure the safety of the belongings of our patients. Please note, only the following are allowed:

  • Discharge clothes
  • Electronics for communication such as a phone, charger, or tablet/pad/laptop
  • Items specifically requested by a nurse (such as hearing aids, glasses, contacts, dentures)
  • Flower deliveries -- NO LILLIES OR LATEX BALLOONS
  • Medications (MUST be approved and picked up by nurse)

Patients in delivery going to the Family Birth Center are allowed to bring in additional items (i.e. baby clothes, birthing equipment, car seat, etc.).

 

Hospital masking update:

Providence is continuing to adhere to the state’s requirement that face coverings be worn by
all individuals while in our hospitals and clinics.

On May 13, the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control and Governor Jay Inslee announced that people who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear face coverings or physically distance — whether indoors or outdoors in most circumstances. Governor Inslee also noted that businesses can still require employees and customers to wear face coverings regardless of their vaccination status.

Although face coverings are no longer required in most places in the state for people who are fully vaccinated, state exceptions include schools, hospitals, long-term care homes, medical offices, jails and prisons, and homeless shelters. In addition, a federal order requiring masks on public transportation remains in effect.

A person is considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving a second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine.

 

Patients and members of the community who wish to contact Providence SW facilities with the assistance of a qualified interpreter free of cost may dial 833-640-1418.

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