Hospital and Outpatient Visitation Policy

Effective August 23, 2021 | 6 p.m.

Skagit Regional Health recognizes the importance of family and friends in a patient’s healing process. We also are committed to protecting our patients, families, employees and the community during the outbreak of COVID-19. During this time, we have put measures in place to limit visitors until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat. Our visitor policy is subject to change based on the prevalence of disease in our community.

We are currently not allowing visitors in our facilities, except in limited situations, outlined below.

Visitor Limitations by Location

Outlined below are the visitor limitations by location. Anyone visiting Skagit Regional Health facilities must adhere to the following safety protocols:

  • If a visitor meets visitation criteria they must be screened for symptoms of respiratory illness (fever, new onset cough, shortness of breath or diarrhea) in addition to other screening questions, prior to entering one of our hospitals.
  • Visitors will be required to be masked at ALL times while in the facility, including in patient rooms.
  • Visitors with symptoms will not be allowed entrance.
  • Visitors are not allowed for patients hospitalized with COVID-19.
  • Minors under age 18 are not allowed within our hospitals if they are not the patient.

Hospital Inpatient, Observation, Emergency Services and Family Birth

  • Emergency Department: Patients in the Emergency Department may have one (1) person accompany them and should remain at the bedside with the patient. Visitors may not come and go from ED. Visitors leaving the patient room will be asked to exit the facility.
  • Family Birth Center (FBC): FBC patients may have two (2) designated adult visitors during labor and delivery. One person may spend the night. Second person must leave two (2) hours after delivery.
  • Minor and developmentally delayed adult patients: Patients less than 18 years of age, patients with special needs or developmentally delayed adults may have two (2) designated adult visitors, with only one (1) visitor in the facility at a time.
  • End-of-life patients and special circumstances: Patients who are end-of-life may have two (2) visitors at a time. Exceptions for end-of-life and other special circumstances may be considered on a case-by-case basis. This guidance cannot anticipate every situation. Special circumstances may be presented directly to Executive leadership who may make exceptions based on the specifics of a given situation, using their best judgment to protect patients and staff while acting with compassion for those involved.

People who are not actively visiting a patient must leave the hospital. No congregating is allowed in waiting rooms, public spaces, cafeterias or other areas. Families and loved ones should expect to meet one another outside the facility to exchange positions as visitor.

Outpatient Surgery and Procedures

  • Adult Outpatient Surgery Patients: Adult patients undergoing outpatient surgery or procedure in the hospital, Endoscopy or Arlington Surgery Center may have one (1) visitor accompany them to the check-in desk, leave contact information then depart the building. It is required that the visitor stay within a 30-minute radius of the facility. The visitor will be called to return once the procedure is complete and the patient is ready for pick-up. Visitors will need to leave the facility during the procedure.
  • Minors: Minors undergoing a surgery or procedure may have one (1) parent or guardian accompany them for pre-op and post-op support.​ Parents/guardians of minor patients will be asked to remain in the facility. 

Outpatient Clinics, Oncology, Children's Therapy, Physical, Occupational and Speech Therapy, Sleep Medicine, Lab and Diagnostic Imaging

  • Patient Support: Patients who have an appointment at an outpatient department, laboratory or radiology, may have one (1) person accompany them who may be necessary to communicate for the patient or assist the patient to get them to their appointment location. In some areas, there is no patient waiting space and, as such, visitors may be asked to exit the building to wait for the patient during the appointment in order to maintain social distancing requirements.
  • SRH Clinics: Patients who have an appointment at a clinic may have one (1) person accompany them. Pediatric patients may have two (2) parents/guardians attend the appointment.
  • Minors: We suggest that minor children (under age 18), who are not the patient, not be brought to an appointment.
  • Children’s Therapy: Patients who have children’s therapy appointments may have up to two (2) parent/guardian attend their appointment.
  • OB/Ultrasound Patients: Patients having an OB ultrasound may have their spouse/partner present during the exam.
  • Cancer Care (Oncology) Patients: Cancer Care (Oncology) patients may have one (1) support person with them during their physician appointment and infusion visit.

Important Information to Know

Visitors who meet the exceptions outlined above are required to follow the safety protocols below:

  • Wear a mask while in any of our facilities, including the patient rooms. Failure to wear a mask in the patient room will result in a loss of visitation privilege.
  • Wash hands or use hand sanitizer upon each entrance or exit of a patient room.
  • Limit the number of personal items brought to the hospital.
  • Visitors for hospital patients must be at least 18 years of age.
  • Please leave the facility promptly once visiting hours are over. Do not gather or spend time in public areas, including hallways, lobbies and waiting areas, while in our facility to maintain social distancing.

Public access to Skagit Regional Health’s hospitals is available at the following entrances:

Skagit Valley Hospital Cascade Valley Hospital
Emergency Department Entrance - 24/7 Emergency Department Entrance - 24/7
Main Entrance (north) - 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.  
Kincaid Entrance (south) - Weekdays 5:30 a.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
Eagle Entrance - Weekdays 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.  
Diagnostic Imaging Entrance - 6:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

 

Information for Family/Friends

How can I be sure that my loved one will be safely cared for during the COVID-19 outbreak? Skagit Regional Health is committed to clinical excellence and vigilance in following COVID-19 guidance and protocols to provide outstanding care at this time, and always. Employees wash or sanitize their hands each time they enter and exit a patient’s room. They also wear appropriate Personal Protection Equipment when they enter the room of a patient with an infectious illness. Skagit Regional Health is following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines and screening protocols and following infection control prevention best practices.

We appreciate your understanding during these uncertain times. We are confident that together we will continue to deliver the highest quality of care.

 

Last update 8/24/2021