Lexington hospitals to loosen visitation restrictions Monday

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Hospitals in Lexington will ease visitor restrictions starting Monday, May 18.

But health and safety rules will apply.

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Baptist Health, CHI Saint Joseph Health and UK HealthCare will allow one visitor per patient as they expand the number of non-emergent and non-urgent procedures following a shutdown in those services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Hospitals had adopted a zero visitor policy in March.

While each hospital’s restrictions in the updated policy may vary, they will all require screening at all entrances, and for anyone who enters the building to wear a mask and practice good hand hygiene.

Anyone with a fever, cough, runny nose or body aches is asked to not visit the hospital.

Patients and visitors are asked to limit the number of personal items in the hospital to reduce the number of germs taken home.

Visitors are asked to leave the hospital when their visit is over and not spend time in public areas, such as lobbies, waiting areas, cafeterias and vending areas.

The new visitation restrictions affect Baptist Health Lexington, Kentucky Children’s Hospital, Saint Joseph East, Saint Joseph Hospital, UK Albert B. Chandler Hospital and UK Good Samaritan Hospital.

Visitor restrictions and guidance are in place to protect patients, visitors and staff from the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19.

For information regarding specific hospital policies, visit their websites:

About Baptist Health Lexington

Baptist Health Lexington, a 434-bed acute care hospital, has been designated a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence four times by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and has earned the top rating of “A” for hospital safety five times in a row from The Leapfrog Group, a national nonprofit healthcare ratings organization. Baptist Health Lexington holds many nationally recognized cardiac accreditations including American Heart Association Cardiovascular Center of Excellence. The Cancer Center offers a full range of services, from chemotherapy and radiation therapy to genetic counseling, and is accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons’ Commission on Cancer. The hospital’s family-centered obstetrics program delivers close to 4,000 babies a year. Other specialized, comprehensive patient service areas include orthopedics, neuroscience, women’s services and digestive health.  The hospital offers 57 points of care in the Lexington area through a network of healthcare providers for patients – from Baptist Health Medical Group offices, to Baptist Health Express Care inside Walmart stores and Baptist Health Occupational Medicine. 

About CHI Saint Joseph Health
CHI Saint Joseph Health, part of Catholic Health Initiatives, is one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with 135 locations in 20 counties, including hospitals, physician groups, clinics, primary care centers, specialty institutes and home health agencies. In total, the health system serves patients in 35 counties statewide. CHI Saint Joseph Health is dedicated to building healthier communities by elevating patient care through an integrated physical and behavioral health delivery system. CHI Saint Joseph Health embodies a strong mission and faith-based heritage and works through local partnerships to expand access to care in the communities it serves. 

About UK HealthCare

UK HealthCare is the hospitals and clinics of the University of Kentucky. But it is so much more. It is 9,000 people – physicians, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals – all dedicated to providing the most advanced, most effective care available, not just in Kentucky but anywhere. As an academic research institution, our physicians as well as pharmacists, nurses and other healthcare professionals are continuously pursuing the next generation of cures, treatments, protocols and policies. Their discoveries have the potential to change what’s medically possible within our lifetimes. At the same time, our educators and thought leaders in health policy and delivery are transforming the healthcare landscape in Kentucky to provide the right care in the right place for everyone in the state.