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Visitor Guidelines

Keeping our patients and employees safe is a top priority. Visitation guidelines are subject to change, based on our current circumstances. Lake Regional requires all staff, patients and visitors at all Lake Regional facilities to wear masks.

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All patients receiving care at the hospital are limited to one support person per day for all areas of the hospital. For everyone's safety, we respectfully ask our visitors not to come/go during visiting hours. Please stay in the patient's room throughout the visit and do not re-enter after leaving for the day. Exceptions will be made for pediatric patients who are allowed to have both parents, and end-of-life situations. In addition, appointments must be made in advance to visit Skilled Nursing Facility patients.

Patients and their visitors may expect the following at Lake Regional Hospital:

  • All visitors will be screened and required to wear a visitor sticker. This includes hospital, clinics and pharmacies.
  • Visiting hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days per week.
  • Visitors must be 18 years or older.
  • Visitors, regardless of their vaccination status, are required to wear face coverings. If they do not have a mask, Lake Regional will provide one.
  • People with colds, sore throats or other symptoms of illness should not visit patients.
  • While in the hospital, visitors should stay in patient rooms/bays; they should not sit in waiting rooms or common areas.
  • The cafeteria is closed to visitors. Meal arrangements can be made with nursing staff.
  • To ensure the privacy of our patients, visitors may be asked to leave the room during tests, treatments or physician consultations.

Please click below for additional situation-specific guidelines.

Family Birth Center

Family Birth Center patients are allowed only one support person per stay in the building during visiting hours. The significant other is welcome at all times, unless special circumstances make this unsafe for the mother or baby. Only one overnight guest per patient. Currently, no children are allowed. For patient and staff safety, visitors who have been given authorization to stay after visiting hours must register and get a visitor's badge at the Women's and Children's Unit front desk.

  • Support persons must enter through Emergency Department entrance.
  • Support persons must remain in patient rooms.
  • Patients are encouraged to bring snacks. A microwave is available for use, and each patient room offers a mini fridge.

Intensive Care Unit

  • Visitors are asked to remain in the patient's room during visits.
  • Cellphone use should be limited while in the room, and cellphones are not to be used in the hallways.
  • On occasion, visitors may be asked to go to the waiting area during a test or procedure. Unit doors also may be closed for patient safety as needed.
  • Food brought from outside should be approved with a nurse first.

Skilled Nursing Facility

Non-vaccinated patients in our Skilled Nursing Facility can no longer have visitors on the unit at this time, because of the increase in COVID positivity rates. Please call 573.348.8275 to schedule outdoor visitation. Skilled Nursing allows one visitor per patient. In accordance with CMS regulations, first-time visitors will need to sign a release before visiting any patient. Additional requirements include:

  • Screening. Visitors will be screened for temperature and symptoms.
  • Masks. All patients and visitors are required to wear face coverings, regardless of their vaccination status.
  • Social distancing. Patients and visitors must remain 6 ft. apart if they are not vaccinated. Contact can occur if both the patient and the visitor are both vaccinated.


  • All visitors need to check in at Outpatient Surgery upon arrival.
  • Please stay in patient bays or designated areas.
  • The cafeteria is closed. Support persons can request meal accommodations before 10:30 a.m. with nursing staff.

End of Life

End-of-life patients may have three visitors at the bedside at one time. Six total visitors will be allowed in house at one time so they can trade off. The house supervisor will be the end-of-life contact. These visitors should remain in the patient’s room or in a space designated for them by security (conference space, chapel, ED consultation room). Security will be available to escort end-of-life visitors to/from the designated locations.

Overnight Guest Guidelines

Because of our limited space, please plan to spend the night only if your loved one is a pediatric patient or critically ill. If you provide a phone number, the nursing staff will contact you if the patient's condition changes. Also, you are welcome to call during the night to ask the nurse for updates on your relative's condition. Remember to have the pass code available.

  • Overnight guests must be 18 or older.
  • Please limit guests to one family member.
  • Obtain a visitor pass from nursing staff.
  • Do not bring personal linens or electric appliances.

Public Restrooms

Visitors are encouraged to use the public restrooms throughout the hospital. Bathrooms in patient rooms are reserved for patients to protect their health. To locate a restroom, please ask a staff member.


Cellphones are prohibited in areas where telemetry is in use. Signs are posted in applicable locations throughout the hospital.