As Ascension Via Christi's Wichita hospitals begin resuming procedures paused in response to COVID-19, it also has begun easing visitor restrictions enacted at the same time.
Its three acute-care hospitals, Ascension Via Christi St. Francis, St. Joseph and St. Teresa, and Ascension Via Christi Rehabilitation Hospital, are now allowing every hospitalized patient, except for those undergoing treatment for confirmed or suspected COVID-19, to have one designated one adult visitor.
Visiting hours are 3 - 8 p.m. daily, with the exception of Pediatrics, Labor and Delivery, Newborn Intensive Care Unit, and pre- and post-operative care, where the hours for the designated visitor are not limited.
All visitors must meet the screening criteria being employed at the entry points, which for visitors are the main lobby, ER and, at St. Francis, second-floor entrance from the parking garage.
Everyone else is encouraged to lend their support through the use of virtual platforms, such as Facebook or Skype.
"We appreciate the role family plays in the healing process and the importance of the presence of loved ones during family milestones," said Sam Antonios, MD, chief medical officer for the Wichita hospitals. "However, our first priority continues to be protecting our patients and staff and helping slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community, so we are easing visitation restrictions gradually as we resume services."