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Monument Health expands visitor policy

(KOTA)
Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 3:10 PM CST
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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA) - Beginning Tuesday, Monument Health is expanding its visitor policy so that hospitalized patients will be able to have two visitors rather than one. The new policy also extends to a child accompanied by an adult as one of the two visitors.

Children must be 5 years or older to visit and can only visit non-COVID-19 hospitalized patients. Children must follow masking guidelines and remain with an adult at all times while on Monument Health property. Hospital visiting hours are 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Research has shown that patients benefit from having regular contact with family and friends during recovery. This new policy will allow patients to safely interact with loved ones.

All visitors are asked to screen themselves for COVID-19 symptoms prior to entering a facility. If you have symptoms, a pending COVID-19 test or recent contact with a COVID-19-positive person, you must not enter a facility.

There is no change to the visitor policy for the following:

  • Emergency Department patients may have one visitor
  • Cancer Care Institute patients may have one visitor
  • Urgent Care, Outpatient Services may have one support person
  • Surgery and Procedure patients may have one support person
  • Monument Health Rehabilitation Hospital patients may have one visitor

Previously hospitalized patients were permitted one visitor at a time. Additional information on the visitor policy can be found on the Monument Health website.

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