HMH implements new temporary visitation guidelines

Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) is closely monitoring the evolving novel coronavirus (COVID-19) situation. To protect patients, as well as the staff and the community and in an abundance of caution, HMH made temporary changes to visitation guidelines.

New temporary visitation guidelines:

  • Two (2) adult, healthy visitors over age 18 per patient at a time can visit patients in medical/surgical adult units.
  • Critical Care (CCU) and Intensive Care (ICU) Units will allow one (1) visitor per patient over the age of 18.
  • Palliative, Emergent and Hospice Care will allow (2) adult, healthy visitors over age 18 and clergy for family support.
  • Visitation to HMH’s Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and BirthPlace will be limited to one (1) visitor per patient over the age of 18 per hospitalization.
  • All visitors must be free of fever, cough, runny noses or other respiratory symptoms.

Following the Kentucky Department of Public Health’s (KDPH) recommendation, visitors will not be permitted in our skilled nursing unit, which functions like a long-term care facility. We will also temporarily suspend all outpatient cardiopulmonary rehabilitation programs on the HMH main campus.

All other HMH offices and locations are open and following standard operating procedures to care for patients. If you have questions about a previously scheduled outpatient visit, call your provider. HMH will create a flu/COVID-19 patient hotline soon.

HMH split the flow of patients presenting for emergency care from those entering for other reasons to make registration easier. Emergency Patients should enter through the normal entrance.

Visitors and those receiving outpatient services will enter through the Main Registration/Patient Pick-Up Entrance located at the front of the building (off Dixie Avenue); at the HMH North Tower (near Layman Lane); or in the back of the facility at the usual HMH Diagnostics and Imaging Center (near Woodland Drive). Signage will direct outpatients and visitors to appropriate entrance locations. You can find an updated HMH main campus map at www.hmh.net.

Finally, all visitors will be screened at entrances for fever, cough, sore throat or other flu-like symptoms. Those identified to have symptoms will not be permitted to visit. Anyone who has traveled to a high-risk area for COVID-19 or had contact with a person known to be infected with COVID-19 will also not be allowed to visit hospital patients.

“We are well prepared to handle this COVID-19 situation and to care for all patients when they present at our hospital. These temporary guidelines will help create an even safer environment for them, for our team and for visitors”, said John Godfrey, M.D., HMH Vice President and Chief Medical Officer.

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, please seek reliable, up-to-date, information. Recommended sources are: