Starting Thursday, April 15, healthy visitors will be welcomed back to Kearney Regional Medical Center and Platte Valley Medical Clinic.
All patients and visitors must follow these requirements:
- Check in at any entrance and complete a COVID-19 screening. This includes a temperature scan and a short health history questionnaire. (This is not a COVID-19 test).
- Wear a mask at all times. All persons must remain masked at all times in the facility. A disposable mask will be provided if a patient/visitor does not have one. Children able to wear a mask will be allowed to visit and/or accompany an adult to the hospital or clinic.
Any individual that is unwilling to follow these Infection Prevention policies will be asked to leave the facility.
The following areas will have exceptions to this policy:
- COVID-19 positive patient rooms: no visitors.
- The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): only parents/guardians may visit.
- Emergency Room: limited visitors are recommended if and whenever possible.
The decision to allow visitors was made by the Hospital Incident Command System (HICS) team in response to a variety of factors including lower COVID-19 rates within the community, low to no outbreak of COVID-19 among staff, and the growing availability of the COVID-19 vaccine. Vaccination has been offered to all staff members since January.
HICS, which includes both administrators and physicians from Kearney Regional Medical Center, meets routinely to analyze local and regional data about COVID-19 and to discuss policies that will ensure the continued safety of staff, patients, visitors and the community. The group also participates in multiple cohorts of health officials throughout that state including the University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Hospital Association.
Allowing visitors back to the facility is a decision made with an abundance of caution and optimism said Infection Prevention Coordinator Josette McConville. “We recognize that this is a fluid situation and are prepared to reimplement restrictions if necessary. We also recognize the importance of friend and family visitation in the healing process of our patients and are excited to be able to offer that option again to those that want to visit,” said McConville.