HSHS Hospitals Tighten Restrictions

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 As COVID-19 cases spike throughout Illinois, nine central Illinois hospitals with HSHS Illinois system and Memorial Health System will no longer allow visitors–with some exceptions, including St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield.

The restrictions took effect at HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital and Decatur Memorial Hospital on Friday, March 20. Restrictions were implemented at HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield; HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield; HSHS Good Shepherd Hospital in Shelbyville; Memorial Medical Center in Springfield; Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Lincoln; Decatur Memorial Hospital; Passavant Area Hospital in Jacksonville; and Taylorville Memorial Hospital on Saturday, March 21.

Family members and other support persons will be able to call each hospital for assistance in checking on patients and should give nursing staff their contact information.

The new guidelines follow.One support person will be allowed per patient in the maternity department. This must be the same person for the duration of the patient’s stay. Patients undergoing surgery are permitted one support person over the age of 18. Patients undergoing emergency care are permitted one support person over the age of 18. Visitors under the age of 18 continue to be prohibited, unless they are the parent of a child receiving care. Pediatric inpatients may have one parent or guardian as their support person. Patients reporting for outpatient services should ask their support person to wait in the car until the visit is over.

Exemptions will be permitted for patients on end-of-life care. Call the appropriate hospital for guidance in specific situations.

The two health systems will also implement a screening process for anyone entering its hospitals. Everyone entering will have their temperature checked with a forehead scan thermometer. Individuals will not be allowed to enter if their temperature is above 100.4 degrees fahrenheit or if they display symptoms of acute respiratory illness, including coughing, shortness of breath and sore throat.

“Our priority throughout our health system is to ensure the safety and health of our patients come first,” said Ed Curtis, president and CEO of Memorial Health System. “Along with that, we are committed to protecting the health of our colleagues who have tirelessly dedicated themselves to their patients. I am grateful for their commitment and sacrifice.”

Each hospital will also have limited access at designated entrances.

HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield: Everyone must enter through the emergency department ambulance bay. 217-324-2191

HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield: Main Lobby, Women and Children’s Center Lobby and Emergency Department entrances open. 217-544-6464

Memorial Medical Center in Springfield: Main Lobby and Emergency entrances are open. 217-788-3000

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