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Franciscan Health announced this week that its hospitals in Lafayette, Crawfordsville and Rensselaer, will change their visitor restrictions starting on Wednesday, July 1.

Posted: Jul 1, 2020 4:27 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Franciscan Health announced this week that its hospitals in Lafayette, Crawfordsville and Rensselaer, will change their visitor restrictions starting on Wednesday, July 1. While the hospitals will continue screening all visitors, some of the restrictions will be lessened.

The following new guidelines have been released:

Inpatients: Non-COVID-19 patients may have one designated visitor per day to help provide continuity and maximize safety. Ideally, visitors are those identified as involved in on-going caregiving/support for the patient and will be able to assist with education and caregiving once the patient is ultimately released from the hospital.

COVID-19 inpatients may not have visitors unless they are minors or Non-Decisional Patients. One visitor will be allowed for patients that do not have actual or legal decisional capacity. Those include persons under 18, persons with dementia and persons whose condition precludes obtaining an accurate history or decision making.

Labor and Delivery: A laboring woman will be allowed one visitor, a spouse or partner during labor and delivery. In addition, a labor coach will be allowed.

NICU: Mother and significant other will be allowed to visit the child in NICU with daily screening for temperature and COVID-19 symptoms required. Failure to pass screening will result in a denial of visitation. (In extraordinary and end-of-life situations, the facility may allow an additional one to two visitors to visit, provided proper social distancing and PPE usage are followed.)

Emergency Room: Patients may have one designated visitor who remains in the patient room to help provide continuity and maximize safety. Ideally, visitors are those identified as involved in on-going caregiving/support for the patient and will be able to assist with education and caregiving once the patient is released from or admitted to the hospital. No visitors for COVID-19 suspect patients unless they are a minor or a non-decisional patient.

Victims of sexual assault have the right to an advocate, as stated in SEA 146. If requested by the patient, a victim advocate may be present during a medical forensic exam.

Outpatients/Ambulatory: Non-COVID-19 patients may have one designated visitor who remains in the patient room to help provide continuity and maximize safety. Ideally, visitors are those identified as involved in on-going caregiving/support for the patient and will be able to assist with education and caregiving.

Franciscan Physician Network Cancer Center patients may bring one visitor to their first appointment with the provider.

No visitors with patients in the Outpatient Cancer Center, except for minors and patients that do not have actual or legal decisional capacity.

Surgery: Non-COVID-19 patients may have one designated visitor per day to help provide continuity and maximize safety. Ideally, visitors are those identified as involved in on-going caregiving/support for the patient and will be able to assist with education and caregiving once the patient is ultimately released from the hospital.

Non-COVID-19 End-of-Life: In non-COVID-19 end-of-life situations one visitor will be allowed for the duration. A second visitor will be allowed on a rotating basis with no more than two visitors at a time. Franciscan Alliance Pastoral Care is part of the care team and is allowed to visit. External pastoral care is not considered part of the care team and are not permitted.

COVID-19 End-of-Life: In COVID-19 end-of-life situations one visitor will be allowed to visit. The visitor must wear full PPE while in attendance. Franciscan Alliance Pastoral Care is part of the care team and is allowed to visit, wearing full PPE while in attendance. External pastoral care is not considered part of the care team and are not permitted.

Other restrictions at each hospital include:

Franciscan Health Lafayette East (1701 South Creasy Lane)

  • • Visitors Entrance will be closed.
  • North Entrance
    • Approved Visitor Access: Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m
  • emergency Department (South Entrance) OPEN 24/7 for patients
    • Approved Visitor Access: Daily 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • • Center for Women & Children Entrance OPEN 24/7 for patients

Franciscan Health Lafayette Central (1501 Hartford Street)

  • Franciscan Health Lafayette Central no longer offers hospital services. All potential patients should go to Franciscan Health Lafayette East located at 1701 South Creasy Lane.

Franciscan Health Crawfordsville (1710 Lafayette Road)

  • Emergency Department will be the only point of access. All other entrances will be closed.

Franciscan Health Rensselaer (1104 East Grace Street)

  • Emergency Department and East Entrance (near the Emergency Department) will be the points of access. All other entrances will be closed.

Franciscan Health continues to take extra precautions to ensure the health and safety. 

  • Screening visitors at the entrances
  • Continued extensive cleaning and disinfecting
  • All staff are required to wear a mask. Masks are also available at the entrances for any guest needing a mask.
  • We are also encouraging social and physical distancing of six feet when possible

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