Updated Visitor Restrictions for Eskenazi Health Began June 15

Eskenazi Health now allows one visitor per patient in non-COVID-19 inpatient areas from 1 to 4 p.m. Under the revised restrictions, one person will be identified as the visitor per day; the patient may select the visitor if able to do so or the appropriate next of kin/guardian will be identified.

Other important items to know include:

  • No visitor may stay all night.
  • Visitors may only go to the patient room and must stay there.
  • All visitors will be screened for symptoms at the entrances and given a mask and instructions to wear the mask at all times within the hospital. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own mask though it cannot have an exhalation or pop-off valve.
  • Following screening, visitors will be directed to the Green Elevators to be checked in for visitation by the Eskenazi Health Office of Patient Experience. Visitors will be given clearance, identifying they have been checked in and authorized for the daily visit.
  • Eskenazi Health Family Beginnings will allow one visitor for the duration of the patient’s stay. Visitation is not restricted to 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Eskenazi Health NICU will allow one parent of the baby to visit at a time.
  • The Kathi & Bob Postlethwait Mental Health Recovery Center will allow visitors between 1 to 4 p.m. when deemed appropriate by the doctors or the charge nurse. Visits can take place for 30 minutes at a time in one of the consult rooms.
  • Vulnerable patient populations (e.g., patients with dementia, Down syndrome, autism, hearing impairments, etc.) will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Caregiver presence that is required for discharge education is an approved exception. It is encouraged for this visitation to take place between the hours of 1 to 4 p.m. when possible to align with the interim visiting hours.

Patient families are encouraged to check on a patient receiving care in the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital at any time by calling 317.880.0000. If the patient is in critical condition in the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department, please call 317.880.8100. This line is staffed from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m., Monday through Friday. If it is after these hours or on the weekend, please call 317.880.9191.

Outpatient Visitation Guidelines

The following restrictions will continue in the outpatient setting.

  • Children are not allowed to visit at this time in any setting.
  • Pediatric patients will be allowed one visitor in the outpatient setting.
  • Visitors for outpatient surgery patients will utilize the current process in place.
  • No visitors will be allowed with patients in the Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department.
  • No visitors will be allowed in Sandra Eskenazi Mental Health Center Triage.
  • Ambulatory sites will allow one adult visitor to accompany a minor patient or an OB ultrasound patient. No other visitors are allowed at this time unless the patient has special needs requiring assistance or at provider discretion.

For up-to-date information regarding COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 news page.

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