Southwest Washington

July 1, 2022 - Providence-Swedish permitting limited visitation at hospitals and clinics in South Puget Sound

At Providence-Swedish South Puget Sound 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 as we depend on our healthy caregiver workforce to care for all who come through our door. 

As of Friday, July 1, 2022, 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 hospitals.

Please note in all cases, visitors will only be permitted into the hospital if they screen negative for COVID-19 symptoms and wear a hospital-issued or medical-grade mask at all times. Additionally, children under the age of 18 will not be allowed unless they are the patient being seen (see exception for end-of-life). 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.

  • Visitation hours 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; 2 visitors allowed at a time during each two-hour time block.

  • 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 (exceptions noted below)

Emergency Department patients may have one essential support person for an entire emergency department stay.

Obstetric patients may have two support partners and one birth support person (doula) to accompany them. The partners may stay the entire time. The doula must leave the hospital once the patient leaves the labor room. COVID positive laboring mothers may have one essential support person during labor and delivery. The essential support person must remain masked and not leave the patient room. 

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

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

  • If an Essential Support Person is deemed necessary beyond normal visitation hours, a plan of care will be coordinated.
  • Patients who are COVID-postive or a Person Under Investigation (PUI) are not allowed to have Visitors/ESP with the exceptions of End of Life, Pediatrics, and Women's and Children's Services

End-of-life visitation

  • Minors ages 13+ permitted to visit.
  • 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 visitors allowed at a time. Nurses will provide education to visitors 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.


Hospital masking update:

Based on current CDC recommendations because of the easily spread Omicron variant of COVID-19, Providence will no longer allow visitors/patients to don personally sourced cloth masks, as they may only have one layer.
All visitors will be given a level 1 procedural (surgical) mask – as they have 3 layers of protection – at all screening points.

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.).


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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