Rutland Regional Updates Visitor Policy to Allow One Fully-Vaccinated Visitor Per Patient
Rutland Regional Medical Center announced an update to the hospital’s visitation policy, which had been in effect since early November 2020. The changes are in response to a relaxation of the Vermont Agency of Human Service’s Hospital Visitor Guidance. This update will go into effect on Monday, April 5, 2021.
The visitation update includes:
- Only one designated, fully vaccinated visitor is allowed per patient.
- Fully vaccinated means that the individual received the final dose of their COVID-19 vaccine at least two weeks ago.
- Visitors must show proof of vaccination with a vaccination card or equivalent.
- One unvaccinated, designated Essential Support Person (ESP) may accompany or visit a patient under the following circumstances
- Pediatric patients
- Labor & delivery patients
- Emergency Department patients
- Patients nearing end of life
- Patients requiring support as part of their care
- Fully vaccinated members of the clergy may visit without restrictions.
- Fully vaccinated visitors will be allowed at all physician clinics and outpatient appointments.
- All visitors will continue to be screened upon entry and must continue to wear face masks.
“Our number one priority throughout this pandemic has been to keep our patients and staff safe,” said Betsy Hassan, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, CPPS, Chief Nursing Officer at Rutland Regional. “Though we are happy to lift some restrictions, we will continue to monitor the virus and our vaccination numbers in our community, and we will continue to make adjustments as soon as we can safely do so.”
Rutland Regional will continue to facilitate patient communication with friends and family through video conferencing and other means as needed.