Updated: April 7, 2020
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – With the continued spread of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus and flu season in central Indiana, no visitors will be permitted to Franciscan Health’s three medical campuses in Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel.
All visitation will be suspended throughout Franciscan Health hospitals unless listed in the following exceptions for healthy visitors:
- A laboring woman will be allowed one visitor, a spouse or partner during labor and delivery. In addition, a labor coach will be allowed.
- A mother who is providing breastmilk to a NICU infant will be allowed to remain in the facility for the duration of the NICU stay for that purpose.
- For an Emergency Room patient, one visitor will be allowed only for patients that do not have actual or legal decisional capacity. Those include persons under 18, persons with dementia and persons whose condition precludes obtaining an accurate history or decision making.
- For surgical patients no visitors will be allowed except for patients that do not have actual or legal decisional capacity, who may have one visitor. Those include persons under 18, persons with dementia and persons whose condition precludes obtaining an accurate history or decision making.
- In non-COVID end-of-life situations a spouse, child or parent will be allowed to visit. One visitor will be allowed for the duration. A second visitor will be allowed on a rotating basis with no more than two visitors at a time. Visitors will be escorted into the room and out of the hospital. Franciscan Alliance Pastoral Care is part of the care team and is allowed to visit. External pastoral care are not considered part of the care team and are not permitted.
- In COVID end-of-life situations one visitor will be allowed to visit. The visitor must wear full PPE while in attendance. Franciscan Alliance Pastoral Care is part of the care team and is allowed to visit, wearing full PPE while in attendance. External pastoral care are not considered part of the care teamand are not permitted.
All visitors will be required to wear masks in order to protect others from asymptomatic carriers who might otherwise spread the virus.
Franciscan Health Indianapolis (8111 S. Emerson Ave.)
- Entrances 12 (Main), 6 (Outpatient) and Emergency Department will be the points of access for the hospital. All other entrances will be locked down.
- Cancer Center entrance will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. for outpatient oncology patients.
Franciscan Health Mooresville (1201 Hadley Road)
- The only accessible entrances are the Main Entrance and the Emergency Department. All other entrances will be locked down.
Franciscan Health at Carmel (12188-B N. Meridian St.)
- Continue to enter through the main entrance.
Additional restrictions at other Franciscan Health locations include:
Franciscan Senior Health & Wellness (PACE: 8325 W. Southport Road.)
- Suspension of all tours of Franciscan Senior Health & Wellness centers for the general public until further notice.
- Visitors to the center to include only those with critical business – family visitors will be suspended until further notice.
- Enhanced screening process for critical business-related visitors to include questioning related to presence of current symptoms and recent travel. If a business-related visitor has a self-reporting fever of 100.4º F or higher or has other symptoms (cough, sore throat, stuffy/runny nose, chills, nausea or vomiting), they will not be allowed to enter the PACE center.
“This is a public health issue, and it is our intent to protect the health and safety of our patients, our visitors and our employees,” said Christopher Doehring, MD, vice president of medical affairs for Franciscan Health Central Indiana. “In doing so, we can reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19, flu and other seasonal-related maladies.”
Franciscan Health implemented temporary visitation restrictions in December 2019 as the number of flu cases increased locally. The COVID-19 situation dictated that its hospitals take further measures.
For updates on Franciscan’s response to the coronavirus, visit FranciscanHealth.org/covid-19.
- Each patient should only have one visitor with them. We do realize there may be some circumstances to consider as an exception (new consult, new diagnosis type of appointments etc.)
- The screening will include key questions with the list of symptoms and travel.
- We will also be taking temperatures (ear) as part of the screening and as an additional precaution.
- We will have a bright PINK neon sticker placed on all patients and visitors that have a “negative” screen.
- If a visitor has a temperature and or has other criteria on the screening, they will not be allowed back in the clinical areas.
- If there is a patient with any concerns with fever, cough, etc. they will have a YELLOW neon sticker placed and mask prior to going to the clinical areas. This YELLOW sticker will also help alert the care team to use additional precautions: wearing mask etc.
- We will have a cart with all of the supplies for the staff to use during the screening process.
By Joe Stuteville