Governor Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center Updates Visiting Guidelines

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Governor Juan J. Luis Hospital and Medical Center in Sainte-Croix (file photo)

Effective June 10, Governor Juan Luis Hospital and Medical Center (JFL) in St. Croix has restored patient visits. JFL values ​​the importance of family and friends as part of the healing process. It is taking the necessary steps to ensure it can safely reintroduce patient visits for the continued safety of patients and staff.

The hospital initially developed a visiting policy for patients during the pandemic based on the prevalence of COVID-19 in the community, advice from local authorities and an internal task force. At present, it has relaxed visitation guidelines to allow for additional support for patients.

Here are the updated “Visitor Guidelines”

Visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., daily

Only one visitor is allowed at a time (some restrictions may apply at the supplier’s discretion)

Face masks covering the nose and mouth are mandatory at all times.

Hand hygiene and safe social distancing practices are encouraged.

All visitors, including those accompanying admitted patients, must present proof of vaccination or a negative test within 96 hours.

Patients admitted through the emergency department are entitled to an attendant. The accompanying person can only assist in the admission process. The designated visitor can accompany the patient to the operating room during an emergency. The accompanying person is not authorized to remain in the operating room during the intervention.

Patients undergoing surgery are entitled to an attendant. The accompanying person is not authorized to remain in the operating room during the intervention.

Birth mothers have the right to an accompanying person to stay in the room.

COVID-19 positive pediatric patients have the right to have an accompanying parent or guardian stay in the room for the duration of admission.

Visits from COVID-19 positive adult patients are only permitted in extenuating circumstances and with the approval of the clinical team.

Both outpatient and inpatient hemodialysis have a strict “no visit policy” within the dialysis unit at all times.

JFL also encourages family and friends to stay connected to loved ones through virtual means, including Skype, Facetime, WhatsApp, Messenger and/or phone.

“Studies have shown that patients heal faster and have better outcomes when they can be supported by loved ones and family,” CEO Koch said. “While we encourage and welcome visitors to our patients, we need to ensure that this is done safely and in coordination with their care plan and with the wishes of the patient. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 landscape within our hospital and community.

“In addition, we will continue to make informed decisions about patient visits. A big thank you to each member of our staff for their continued dedication to our facility and our vision of transforming lives through quality healthcare,” said Koch.

If you have any concerns regarding visits, please contact the Patient Advocate Department at 778-6311, ext. 2396, or email [email protected]

Please direct any questions or comments to Douglas Koch, FACHE, at [email protected]

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