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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center suspends patient visitation

Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center
Posted at 8:00 PM, Mar 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-18 20:00:12-04

NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WKBW) — Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced on Wednesday that it will suspend all patient visitation. The measure has been taken due to guidance from the New York State Department of Health.

According to the medical center, exceptions could be made for some visitors if "the visitor is essential to the care of the patient or if the visit involves family members or legal representatives of patients in imminent end-of-life situations."

Visitors to Memorial’s Labor and Delivery Unit are limited to one visitor per maternity patient.

Additionally, Memorial will not allow any children under age 14 into any of its facilities or any visitors into the Schoellkopf Nursing Home adjacent to the hospital.

“Our management team is reviewing on a daily basis the resources, both personnel and supplies, needed to provide patient care," said Memorial President & CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo. "We are closely monitoring the current and projected availability of those resources. All decisions regarding services will be made with patient safety as our top priority.”

The medical center is also conducting temperature screenings for all that access the hospital facilities as well as checking the temperature of employees multiple times a day.