Ascension Via Christi's Wichita hospitals have eased visitor restrictions, allowing up to two adult visitors between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily — a move that's being well received by expectant mothers and their friends and family.
"We know how important family is to healing as well as to celebrating family milestones, such as the arrival of a new family member," says Julianna Rieschick, vice president of Nursing for Ascension Via Christi St. Joseph. "However, our first concern is patient safety."
At the NewLife Center at St. Joseph:
- Delivering mothers also are allowed a doula/midwife with proof of certification.
- Up to two visitors of the mother's choice can be designated as patient support persons, allowing them to be in the patient's room outside regular visiting hours.
- All visitors must pass daily screening for COVID-19 and come masked and remain masked whenever staff is in the patient room or they are outside the patient room.
- Hospital waiting rooms remain closed, so only two visitors at a time are being allowed in the hospital.
"We are pleased to see the community rate of infection continue to move in the right direction, allowing us to ease visitor restrictions established for the safety of our delivering mothers and their babies," says Rieschick. "We hope everyone will continue to wear a mask when out in public, maintain social distance and avoid large gatherings and get their COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it becomes available to them."