Spencer Hospital Visitation Restrictions Due to COVID-19

posted on Monday, February 22, 2021 in COVID-19

Visitor Restrictions at Spencer Hospital (Masks Required) - Updated Feb. 17, 2021

To protect our patients, families, healthcare workers and community during the pandemic outbreak of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus-19) and to prevent further spread of the disease, visitor restrictions are listed below. All patients and permitted visitors who enter the hospital or any of the clinics MUST bring and wear a mask, covering nose and mouth. 

  • Inpatients in ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and Medical-Surgical Unit (second & third floors): One visitor per patient permitted within the facility.  
  • No visitors for patients with COVID-19 diagnosis unless receiving end-of-life care.
  • Birth Center and Surgery Center: One visitor/support person. 
  • Behavioral Health: No visitors permitted due to congregate setting.
  • Outpatients: No visitors in general; one visitor may accompany  patients who require assistance, patients scheduled for OB ultrasounds, and pediatric patients age 17 years or younger.
  • Emergency patients: Patients may be accompanied by one visitor; visitors cannot rotate. 
  • Patients who are receiving end-of-life care (as determined by physician): Two visitors at a time.
  • Pediatric patients (age 17 and under) - Pediatric patients hospitalized as inpatients (admitted to the Medical-Surgical floors or Intensive Care Unit) may have two parents/guardians visit. Outpatient pediatric patients may be accompanied by one parent or guardian. Only one parent or guardian with a pediatric patient in the emergency department. 
  • Warner Dialysis Centers: For the safety of our patients receiving dialysis treatment, no visitors are permitted at the Spencer or Spirit Lake Centers effective March 16, 2020.
  • Adult outpatients are asked to come alone, unless physical assistance is required. Also, obstetric patients scheduled for an OB ultrasound may be accompanied by one person.
  • Surgical patients may be accompanied by one person who must remain in the surgical area during the patient’s procedure.
  • Avera Home Medical Equipment: To prevent further spread of COVID-19, Avera Home Medical Equipment of Spencer Hospital patients may wear a mask and come into the building or call ahead for curbside delivery.  You can reach Avera Home Medical Equipment of Spencer Hospital at (712) 580-3923.