New Visitation Guidelines Effective May 18, 2022

The safety of our patients, visitors and staff is always our first priority. During the current period of high community spread of COVID-19, Glens Falls Hospital is temporarily reducing visitation.  Effective Wednesday, May 18, the following restrictions will be in place:

  • Visiting hours will be 4pm – 8pm, seven days per week.
  • Each inpatient may have one unique visitor per day.  Visitors may not leave and return, nor can the assigned unique visitor be replaced by another visitor.
  • Visitors must be age 18 and older.
  • Visitors will enter only through the Tower Entrance where they will be greeted and screened by security.
  • Visitors must wear a mask at all times and one will be provided if needed.
  • Visitors will be asked to use hand sanitizer at the screening station and practice good hand hygiene for the duration of their visit.
  • There is no eating or drinking in patient rooms at this time.

Exceptions:

  • On the day of discharge from an inpatient stay, one visitor may accompany the patient for the discharge process outside of visiting hours.
  • The Joyce Stock Snuggery: up to two support people (including a doula) will be allowed. For the Special Care Nursery, patients may have one birth parent plus one significant other who must remain in the room for the duration of the visit.
  • Emergency Department: Limited to one unique visitor per day who may leave and return if necessary. Staff will exercise their best clinical judgment in determining when visitation may be temporarily limited based on departmental needs. Compassionate exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis.
  • Same Day Surgeries and Outpatient Procedures: One visitor may accompany the patient during admission and rejoin them for the discharge process. Those accompanying a same day surgical or procedural treatment patient my stay in the waiting area, or Au Bon Pain.

Visitation for off-site locations, special areas related to pediatric patients, patients for whom a support person has been determined to be essential to the care of the patient, and patients in imminent end-of-life and compassionate exceptions remain unchanged.

Please understand that some patients may be excluded from visitation due to their medical condition or safety requirements.  Visitors who are at high risk for severe illness from COVID-19, such as older adults and those with underlying medical conditions, are discouraged from visiting at this time.  Additionally, those who do not follow the visitation guidelines will be asked to leave. We thank you for your cooperation.