Updated Visitor Restrictions for Eskenazi Health as of Aug. 20, 2021

Beginning on Friday, Aug. 20, 2021, two visitor for patients not diagnosed with COVID-19 will be permitted at the Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m. Visitors must be 16 years old or older, show photo identification, will be screened for symptoms at the entrances, and must wear an Eskenazi Health-issued mask at all times during the visit.

Patients with COVID-19, and those who are awaiting test results, may have one visitor, 16 years and older, per day by appointment from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Appointments should be scheduled with the patient's nurse. These visits will last for one hour each day. After checking in at a nurse's station, an Eskenazi Health staff member will assist the visitor in putting on appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Visitors must stay in the patient room for the duration of their stay and must call for an Eskenazi Health staff member to help with removing the PPE safely before leaving the room. Patients undergoing an aerosolizing procedure may not have visitors.  

  • Pediatrics (under the age of 18 years old) – one parent or guardian at all times
  • NICU – both parents allowed at the bedside at the same time
  • Surgery (to support safe discharge to home) – one visitor
  • Family Beginnings – one significant other/support person will be allowed at all times, one additional visitor is allowed between 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Vulnerable patients with special needs (examples include patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, patients with cognitive impairments including dementia, Down syndrome, autism, victims of sexual assault including an advocate present during a medical forensic exam) will be allowed to have a support person at the bedside
  • End of Life –  two visitors at a time but no more than 10 in total; those with COVID-19 may have two visitors in total with visits limited to one hour every 12 hours; visitors awaiting their turn should wait outside or in their cars as waiting rooms are closed
  • Clinical Decision Unit – patients with COVID-19 are allowed on visitor total during their stay during the 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. visiting hours, no appointment necessary
  • Michael & Susan Smith Emergency Department – two visitors allowed; visitors must remain in the room with their mask on

Visitors are restricted in ambulatory care areas as well unless they meet the above exceptions. 

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.

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

  • Campus Amenities 
  • Contact Us

Our downtown campus boasts many amenities and conveniences for patient and staff use.

  • Dining Options that offer a variety of choices whether you are looking for a quick snack, a grab-and-go food item, or a full meal
  • Fifth Third Bank branch located on the first floor of the Fifth Third Bank Building
    • Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • The Matthew R. Gutwein Commonground, an ideal outdoor environment that can serve as a place for quiet reflection
  • The Sky Farm, located atop of the Sandra Eskenazi Outpatient Care Center and open for patients, staff and the community

This website is NOT for medical emergencies or medical treatment. For medical treatment, please contact your physician’s office by phone or go to the nearest emergency room. For emergencies, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room. If this is a mental health emergency, please call 317.880.8485.

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