Aug. 2, 2021 — Due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in local communities, including the circulation of the highly contagious variants, PeaceHealth is temporarily restricting all visitor access, with some exceptions, at its four Lane County hospitals and PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics. This change will take effect at noon, on Tuesday, Aug. 3.
The temporary restrictions will apply to the following medical centers:
“We recognize the importance of having loved ones visit patients in our hospitals and made this decision only after careful consideration,” said Todd Salnas, chief executive of the PeaceHealth Oregon network. “Our priority is the health and safety of our patients, caregivers and community.”
PeaceHealth continues to follow CDC and state guidelines that include requiring all employees to wear appropriate personal protective equipment and masks, testing all admitted patients, restricting visitors and caring for COVID-19 patients on a dedicated unit.
“We urge all who are eligible to get vaccinated if they have not already done so,” said Dr. Jim McGovern, PeaceHealth Oregon’s chief medical officer. “We recommend that anyone who has questions or concerns about the safety and effectiveness of the vaccine reach out to their healthcare provider.”
The following exceptions allow visitors on a case-by-case basis for patients who are not positive for or suspected to have COVID-19:
Patients who have confirmed COVID-19 or are suspected to have COVID-19 may not receive visitors except as follows:
PeaceHealth encourages loved ones to connect with patients through technology, such as cell phones, tablets and laptops.
PeaceHealth Medical Group Clinics
PeaceHealth Medical Group clinics will temporarily limit visitor access at its clinics except for visitors accompanying patients needing assistance. Examples of patients who may require assistance include children and patients with physical or cognitive impairments.
In addition, visitors will be permitted in those clinical situations where a visitor will be integral to the decision making and information exchange process, for example, for Obstetrics, Palliative Care, Oncology and major procedural discussions.
PeaceHealth leadership wants to thank anyone affected by these restrictions for their understanding and help in keeping patients, caregivers and communities safe and healthy.
For more information about visitor restrictions and COVID-19 vaccines, including scheduling an appointment, please visit peacehealth.org/coronavirus.
PeaceHealth, based in Vancouver, Wash., is a not-for-profit Catholic health system offering care to communities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska. PeaceHealth has approximately 16,000 caregivers, a group practice with more than 1,200 providers and 10 medical centers serving both urban and rural communities throughout the Northwest. In 1890, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace founded what has become PeaceHealth. The Sisters shared expertise and transferred wisdom from one medical center to another, always finding the best way to serve the unmet need for healthcare in their communities. Today, PeaceHealth is the legacy of the founding Sisters and continues with a spirit of respect, stewardship, collaboration and social justice in fulfilling its Mission. Visit us online at peacehealth.org.