Mission Health has announced an elevation in visitor restrictions to Level 3 at all locations, including Angel Medical Center, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital, CareParters, Highlands-Cashiers Hospital, Mission Hospital McDowell and Transylvania Regional Hospital.
“The change was made to protect patients and staff,” said Hospital Spokeswoman Nancy Lindell.
Level 3 visitation was implemented at Mission Hospital in Asheville on Dec. 18. There is an exception for pediatric patients, who will be allowed to have one adult visitor with them at a time. Limited other special situations will be reviewed on individual cases.
“The health and safety of our patients and team members is our top priority, and we are taking the rising number of COVID cases very seriously,” explained William Hathaway, chief medical officer, Mission Health/HCA North Carolina Division. “We realize this may be difficult for some patients and wish the situation were different, but we are taking every precaution to protect those in our care and our colleagues by reducing the risk of exposure to the virus.”
Mission Health uses established protocols to care for patients with infectious diseases and follows CDC guidelines related to COVID-19 cases, including isolating the patients and taking steps to ensure the safety of patients, employees and visitors.
“These updates are meant to keep our colleagues and patients healthy. We want to ensure that we remain a continual resource for the communities we serve,” said Hathaway. “We are grateful that we have been able to begin vaccinating our team, but we implore our community and staff to remain vigilant in the 3Ws — wear a mask, wait 6 feet apart, wash your hands — to stop the spread of this illness.”
AdventHealth Hendersonville is reinstating its enhanced visitor restrictions in response to the significant rise in the number of COVID-19 cases across Western North Carolina.
Effective immediately, no visitors will be allowed in the main campus hospital, with limited exceptions.
AdventHealth Hendersonville is expanding restrictions to maintain the safety of its patients, providers and team members by minimizing the risk of infection. Restrictions are for the protection of everyone, including visitors.
“We understand the impact of this decision on our patients and their families. However, as we have watched the rate of positive COVID-19 cases climbing among the people we are admitting to the hospital as well as across the community, we have determined we must take this action to protect patients and our team members,” said AdventHealth Chief Medical Officer, Teresa Herbert, MD, MPH, FAAP. “I want to thank our community for understanding the need for this increased measure to keep you safe.”
- Pediatric Patients — May have one adult visitor with them.
- OB Patients — Laboring mothers may have one designated support person, who must stay with the patient in the room for the entire time.
End-of-life patients — Regardless of COVID-19 status, may have two visitors at a time, with a maximum of six visitors per day.
- Outpatient Surgery — Patients may have one person come in for discharge instructions.
In all circumstances, visitors who are sick will not be permitted to enter the hospital unless they are seeking personal medical care.