As part of its commitment to the health care of the community, as well as the safety of patients and employees, Mountain Health Network (MHN) is implementing a no visitation policy for both Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH) and St. Mary’s Medical Center (SMMC) effective 6 p.m., Monday, Oct. 12, in response to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
“This was a difficult decision, as we know the importance family plays in a patient’s recovery. But after considering what was best for our patients and employees, it was a decision we had to make,” said Hoyt Burdick, MD, chief clinical officer, MHN. “As community spread increases, we must adapt our policies in order to preserve everyone’s safety. We truly appreciate the community’s understanding and cooperation.”
For both CHH and SMMC hospital visitation, the following restrictions are in place until further notice:
For all CHH and SMMC outpatient clinics (including HIMG), urgent cares and ERs:
For information regarding Marshall Health's visitation policy, click here.
Authorized visitors will be identified with a badge provided to them at the entrance screening checkpoints. Additional visitors will not be permitted in the lobby areas. Hospital staff members are required to wear their ID badges at all times.
MHN will reassess its policy on a weekly basis and will make adjustments as community spread allows. MHN officials encourage the community to follow the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to prevent the spread of COVID-19:
“It will take all of us working together to protect the health and safety of our patients, visitors and employees,” Dr. Burdick said.