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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, except COVID-19 inpatients and Cancer Center patients, may have two visitors. COVID-19 inpatients will be allowed visitors on a case by case basis, and Cancer Center patients are limited to one visitor. In addition, appointments need to be made in advance to visit Skilled Nursing Facility patients.

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

  • Visiting hours are from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days per week.
  • Visitors must be 18 years or older.
  • Visitors must wear masks. 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

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

Skilled Nursing allows two visitors per patient. Visitors must have an appointment, and the visit will take place in a designated location following CMS regulations. Please call 573.348.8275 for more details on Skilled Nursing visitation and to set up a visitor appointment.

Outpatient

  • 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

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