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CharterCARE Hospitals Adjust Visitor Guidelines

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CHARTERCARE ADJUSTS VISITOR POLICIES

Updated August 26, 2021

Recognizing that Rhode Island is in a high transition zone for COVID-19 due to the Delta variant, as well as the increasing number of COVID-related hospital admissions across the state, CharterCARE Health Partners has implemented new visitor policies at Roger Williams Medical Center and Our Lady of Fatima Hospital effective Friday, August 27. 

The new policies include restrictions on the number of visitors allowed for each patient admitted to the hospital as well as restrictions on the number of people who can escort patients to the hospitals’ emergency rooms.

Beginning Friday;

  • One visitor only may accompany a patient to the Emergency Department. Given the flurry of activity at area EDs, we reserve the right to limit any visitors in our waititng rooms to accommodate safety and social distancing at high census periods.
  • One visitor at a time is allowed per admitted patient on the medical, surgical and behavioral health units. 
  • All existing COVID safety protocols and requirements remain the same, including masking, screening and social distancing. Visitors with COVID symptoms are not allowed in the hospital.
  • Visitors are still permitted to bring in food.
  • Visiting hours have not been altered at this time. Please check the CharterCARE website for specific times and future updates.
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Jeffrey Liebman, CharterCARE CEO stated, “We regret that these restrictions have been implemented at this time, but I am confident that they are prudent precautions to maintain the health and safety of our patients and employees. We thank everyone in advance for their cooperation and understanding”.

Our first priority has been and always will be the health and safety of our staff and the patients we care for. Thank you for continuing to adhere to our COVID-19 protocols.

 

  • Visitors are now allowed except for anyone under the age of 18 or who is sick or has symptoms consistent with COVID-19.
  • Visitors are required to wear a mask (double masking is at their discretion) and will be screened at the designated checkpoints.
  • The current designated entrances at both hospitals will remain the same.  
  • Social distancing will continue to be always observed in all areas.
  • One visitor at a time is allowed per admitted patient on the medical, surgical and behavioral health units. 

  • There are still No Visitors for COVID patients unless authorized in advance by the hospitals’ Chief Nursing Officers.
  • The only exceptions will be with end of life patients or advance authorization from the respective Chief Nursing Officers. 
  • No food, drinks or flowers may be brought into the hospitals until further notice.