Catholic Health to resume hospital visitations June 20

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Posted at 4:32 PM, Jun 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-19 16:32:50-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — Following the announcement by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo that hospitals and group homes could begin to accept visitors, several local healthcare facilities have released guidelines on visitation policies.

Catholic Health announced Friday it would allow visitation at its hospitals beginning June 20 with enhanced measures.

Visitors are welcome from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. daily at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, and Sisters of Charity Hospital, Main St. Campus only.

“We know how important visitors are to a patient’s wellbeing and recovery and are happy we are able to welcome family members and loved ones back to our hospitals just in time for Father’s Day,” said Mark A. Sullivan, President & CEO of Catholic Health. “Our team has worked hard to put a smooth process in place, while ensuring all the necessary safeguards to protect our patients, visitors and staff. We thank everyone for their cooperation as we continue to offer our patients the highest quality care and safety.”

The enhanced measures for visitors that have been announced are:

  • Only one visitor 18 or older at a time.
  • Individuals over the age of 60 are discouraged from visiting due to increased health risks.
  • All visitors required to complete a health screening (includes a series of questions and temperature check.)
  • Must wear a mask at all times.
  • Hands must be cleaned with soap and water or hand sanitizer before entering and after exiting a patient's room.
  • Must practice social distancing throughout the visit.

Officials say visitors are asked to enter through the main lobby entrances and proceeds to the screening stations.