Morton Hospital recognizes the important role that visitors play in the care of hospitalized patients. Morton Hospital makes every attempt to allow visitors without restriction. You as the patient, and or your designated support person have the right to accept or decline visitors. Visitors may include, but are not limited to, a spouse, a domestic partner (including same sex partner), family members, and friends. You may withdraw your consent for visitors at any time during your stay.
Visitors may be limited or restricted only when visitation would interfere with the care of the patient and/or the care of other patients.
The following are example of circumstances that could result in the hospital imposing restrictions or limiting visitors:
- A court order limiting or restraining contact
- Behavior presenting a direct risk or threat to a patient
- Behavior disruptive of the functioning of the patient care unit
- Reasonable limitations on the number of visitor at any one time
- Patient’s risk of infection by a visitor
- Visitor’s risk of infection by the patient
- Extraordinary protections because of pandemic or infectious disease outbreak
- Substance abuse treatment protocols requiring restricted visitation
- Patient’s need for privacy and rest
- Need for privacy and rest by another individual(s) sharing the room
Please ask your nurse or doctor about any visitation restrictions that may apply during your visit.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT VISITING
Morton Hospital is fully prepared to care for our patients and community. We remain ready to serve all of your health care needs and have taken the necessary steps to ensure patients can receive care in a safe environment.
VISITOR POLICY EFFECTIVE 5/15/23:
To best ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff, visitor restrictions are currently in place.
- All Units: each patient may have two (2) visitors at a time. Exceptions may be made in special circumstances such as end-of-life care.
- Elder Behavioral Health Services (EBHS) Unit: appointments are required and must be made in advance for visitation.
- Intensive Care Unit (ICU): designated visiting hours are 10:30 am - 8 pm only. No visitors under the age of 16. Exceptions may be made in end-of-life care situations. Accommodations may be requested for visitation by appointment if unable to visit during the designated visiting hours. Read about our ICU visitation guidelines.
Emergency Department Visitors:
- Each patient may have two (2) visitors at a time.
- Guests of patients: for your health and wellness, and to avoid overcrowding of our ER waiting room, please consider waiting in your vehicle or visiting our Cafeteria while not visiting and until your loved one is seen and discharged home.
- Guests or family members may accompany each patient to their outpatient appointments. We ask that the number of guests are limited to avoid overcrowding of our waiting areas.
All Visitors, Outpatients and Outpatient Companions must:
- Visitors: check in at the desk to confirm the patient's location and be notified of any visitor restrictions.
- Refer to signage at the hospital entrances for the latest guidance and policies.
- Masks are no longer required but are available to any patient or visitor who chooses to wear one.
- Perform hand hygiene upon entering the hospital, and support social distancing when inside the facility.
We encourage family members and friends to use alternative ways to interact with their loved ones, including phone calls, Facetime and Skype.