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Great Plains Health updates visitor policy for more accommodations

Hospital news | Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Contact: Mary Roberts

Great Plains Health has updated its visitor policy to safely allow more accommodations as GPHealth continues to serve patients through the COVID-19 pandemic.

The full policy is printed at the end of this document, but, most notably, allows hospitalized COVD-19 patients to receive two visitors daily from 9 to 11 a.m. These visitors will be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and, once visitors exit the patient’s room, they will be unable to enter the room again until the following day.

“After careful evaluation, we’ve updated our policy to reflect what we know about the virus and our ability to safely contain the spread of COVID-19," Tina Pate, chief nursing officer, said. ​"Our policy is now comparable to our counterparts across the state and, ultimately, is updated to ensure that patients and their families can spend safe, valuable time together, whatever their situation may be.”​

Following CDC guidelines, all visitors are still required to wear masks and, in most departments, children who are wearing a mask will be able to visit patients.

GPHealth will continue to monitor and adjust its visitor policy as appropriate. The current visitor policy is on the web and listed as follows:

  • Visiting hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Visitors must pass the screening, including a temperature check; wear a mask during the entire duration they are in the facility; and will restrict movement inside the facility, traveling only to and from the patient room.
  • Visitors will be given a dated sticker to indicate they have passed the screening.
  • Visitors not following the guidelines will be asked to leave the property.
  • Inpatient units: May have two visitors at a time during regular visitor hours. Children, who are capable of keeping a mask on, are allowed to visit.
  • COVID-19 patients:
    • May have two visitors between 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily.
      • Visitors will wear the PPE provided on the unit.
      • Visitors must remain in the patient room for the duration of the visit. If they leave the patient room, they may return the following day during visitor hours.
  • Outpatient departments, clinics, Cancer Center and same day services
    • Patients may have two support persons accompany them during their appointment.
    • If the patient is admitted, visitation hours and inpatient visitor policy will be followed.
  • Emergency department:
    • Two visitors are allowed with the patient.
    • If the patient is admitted, visitation hours and inpatient visitor policy will be followed.
  • Behavioral health services:
    • One adult visitor during visiting hours 11:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 4 to 5 p.m. daily.
  • NICU and pediatric patients:
    • NICU and pediatric patients are allowed two visitors 24/7.
  • End of life/comfort care patients:
    • Visitors are limited to only two family members in the room at a time, 24 hours a day.
    • Special considerations may be made on a case-by-case basis.

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About Great Plains Health

Based in North Platte, Nebraska, Great Plains Health is a fully accredited, 116-bed acute-care regional medical center serving western and central Nebraska, northern Kansas and southern South Dakota. With 90 physicians representing nearly 30 medical specialties, the Great Plains Health system offers advanced health care, including heart and vascular, cancer, and orthopedic surgery services. Great Plains Health is a Level III trauma center, and all of its emergency department physicians are residency-trained and board-certified in emergency medicine. The system employs approximately 1,200 employees and serves a geographic area spanning approximately 16,000 square miles.

The hospital is accredited by the Center for Improvement in Healthcare Quality (CIHQ) and is home to an American College of Surgeons-accredited cancer center and Level II bariatric surgery program. For more information, visit gphealth.org.