Your health and safety are our top priority.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT VISITING RESTRICTIONS
Morton Hospital is fully prepared to care for our patients and community.
Out of an abundance of caution, effective December 2nd, we will implement visitor restrictions. This is in response to the increased presence of COVID-19 in our community and is designed to further protect our patients, their families and our staff.
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.
Our stringent safety measures include: mandatory wearing of masks, social distancing in waiting areas, and vigilant cleaning in all areas, which includes the use of EPA-registered, hospital-grade disinfectants validated for use against COVID-19. We also pre-screen all patients registered for procedures, and screen everyone before they enter the hospital.
VISITOR RESTRICTIONS EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 2ND, UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Exceptions may be made in certain circumstances:
• Pediatric care (ONE parent/guardian will be permitted).
• Other extenuating circumstances (such as hospice and end-of-life care) will also be considered based on the best interest and needs of the individual patient. All exceptions must be approved by the care team.
- Please note: for patients with physical and intellectual disabilities, ONE support person over the age of 18 is permitted. Support persons must pass our screening process, and there are no restrictions on visiting hours for support persons.
Visitors and caregivers qualifying for these exceptions must:
- Meet clinical criteria used for general visitation, i.e., pass COVID-19 screening, which includes a symptom check.
- Use PPE appropriate for the patient they are supporting. In the event the patient is COVID positive, the support person must use hospital-provided PPE.
- Wear a face mask for the duration of their visit and are encouraged to bring their own masks; Surgical masks will be provided to visitors who don't have their own. Scarves, bandanas and handkerchiefs are not allowed. Refusal to wear a mask will result in the revocation of visitation privileges.
• Emergency Department/Outpatient Appointments: No visitors will be allowed in these areas or their waiting rooms. Designated exceptions apply with the approval of clinical staff.
• Surgical Patients: No visitors unless the parent of a child/minor having a procedure. A member of our surgical team will meet the patient and the patient's family member or driver at the front entrance of the hospital for drop-off before the procedure and pick-up once the patient is ready to be discharged home. Certain approved escorts will be allowed in certain circumstances with permission from the care team. Approved escorts will then be asked to wait outside of the hospital until the recovery period is complete and the patient is ready to depart.
While we are sensitive to the difficulties facing loved ones of hospitalized patients, our health care team must keep our patients and staff safe during this unprecedented health emergency.
We encourage family members and friends to use alternative ways to interact with their loved ones, including phone calls, Facetime and Google Duo.
COVID-19 SCREENING CLINIC HOURS OF OPERATION
Our outpatient clinic is open during the below hours and accessible via the Main Lobby entrance of the hospital. A provider order is required for testing.
Monday - Friday: 9 am - 3:30 pm
(Note: testing is also available Monday - Friday from 7:30 am - 9 am for pre-surgical/pre-procedure patients ONLY.)
Note: if our clinic wait time exceeds 2 hours on any given day, we may close our clinic prior to 3:30 pm.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed
Hours for Upcoming Holidays:
- President's Day (Monday, February 15th): open for pre-surgical/pre-procedure testing ONLY from 7:30 am - 11 am (no general testing on this day)
HOSPITAL ENTRANCE RESTRICTIONS
Our Emergency Department entrance remains open 24/7 for emergency visits.
Our Main Lobby doors will be open for patients presenting for outpatient services or COVID-19 screening, as well as for visitors for inpatients, during the following hours:
Monday – Friday
7 am - 7 pm
Saturday and Sunday
7 am - 5 pm
During all other hours, outpatients and visitors should enter through the Emergency Department doors.
(Note: lobby door hours may change on holidays, etc.)