Providence Alaska Medical Center Visitation Guidelines


Providence Alaska Medical Center is currently in Level 2 (Orange). 

Beginning Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022, Providence Alaska Medical Center implemented a new patient visitation policy focused on expanding visitation in all patient care areas. 

Key changes to the policy include
 

  • The visitation levels we have used for the duration of the pandemic (Red, Orange and Yellow) will continue but with changes to the number of care partners/visitors allowed for each level (see below). We choose these levels based on how many people have COVID-19 in Alaska and Anchorage and patient census at the hospital.
     
  • Visiting hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily. Visiting hours do not apply to the designated Care Partner — they are welcome 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Additionally, the Care Partner is allowed during all visitation levels (Red, Orange and Yellow). Note: Care partners are a person(s) designated by the patient to be their primary support while hospitalized. 
     
  • Maximum number of people at the bedside (Care Partners + Visitors) is based on the current visitation level
     
  • Visitors and Care Partners may now rotate (change out) during the day. However, the maximum number of people at the bedside (Care Partners + Visitors) must be followed.
     
  • Masking is mandatory for everyone, even in the patient room (children under age 2 are exempt). Additionally, Care Partners and Visitors must complete a health screen and register in a visitor log when entering patient care areas. 
     
  • Visitors, including Care Partners, should stay in the patient room and only leave for essential needs and to rotate (change out). Visitor gatherings are not permitted in hallways or other common areas.
     
  • Patients with COVID-19 will not have routine Visitors. Care Partners for patients with COVID are considered on a case-by-case basis.
     
  • When needed for safe care of patients, the health care team may limit visitation. Typically, this will not include the Care Partner.
     
  • In all visitation levels, patients who are at the end-of-life or have a serious illness with unpredictable outcome may have 2 Care Partners + 2 Visitors, with a maximum of 4 at the bedside at one time. Visitors and Care Partners may rotate (change out). 


Our hope is this is a step toward normalcy for our patients and families. Please consult your care team for any questions.


Visitation Levels

Level 3 (Red)

  • All adult patients will be permitted to have 1 Care Partner.
  • Pediatric patients are permitted to have 2 Care Partners.
  • Maternity patients may have 1 Care Partner and 1 Labor Support Person throughout labor and during the immediate recovery period (approximately two hours post-partum).
  • Patients near EOL (end of life) or experiencing a serious illness with an unpredictable outcome may have 2 Care Partners plus rotating Visitors. Maximum of 4 at bedside at one time.


Level 2 (Orange)

  • All adult patients will be permitted to have 1 Care Partner and 1 Visitor during visiting hours (2 total Visitors at bedside at any one time).
  • Pediatric patients are permitted to have 2 Care Partners and 1 Visitor during visiting hours (3 total Visitors at bedside at any one time).
  • Maternity patients may have one 1 Care Partner and up to 2 Visitors throughout their stay (3 total Visitors at bedside at any one time).
  • Patients near EOL (end of life) or experiencing a serious illness with an unpredictable outcome may have 2 Care Partners plus rotating Visitors. Maximum of 4 at bedside at one time.


Level 1 (Yellow)

  • All adult patients will be permitted to have 1 Care Partner and 2 Visitors during visiting hours (3 total Visitors at bedside at any one time).
  • Pediatric patients are permitted to have 2 Care Partners and 2 Visitors during visiting hours (4 total Visitors at bedside at any one time).
  • Maternity patients may have 1 Care Partner and up to 3 Visitors throughout their stay (4 total Visitors at bedside at any one time).
  • Patients near EOL (end of life) or experiencing a serious illness with an unpredictable outcome may have 2 Care Partners plus rotating Visitors. Maximum of 4 at bedside at one time.

COVID-19 News & Updates

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