Visitation During COVID

Updated 5/4/2020

SCREENINGS REQUIRED

All patients entering any Baptist Health Care location must have a screening test and temperature check. Please allow extra time upon arrival for screening (approximately 15 minutes). Screening stations are set up at select entrances of all our locations.

Patients who have appointments at one of the outpatient departments within the hospitals may enter after screening and be accompanied by a support person. Appointments are required.

VISITATION RESTRICTIONS - (Read closely as it varies according to facility.)

NOTE: All visitors must wear a face mask or cloth face covering at all times, must perform frequent hand hygiene, and must travel only to/from their designated location. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own face mask or cloth face covering to wear while in our facilities.

Baptist Hospital and Gulf Breeze Hospital Only

One visitor at a time will be allowed to visit a hospital inpatient. We must take steps to protect our patients, team members and the community against COVID-19 and therefore, we require appropriate social distancing in waiting areas. Please communicate with hospitalized loved ones by mobile device, phone, FaceTime or Skype. As noted in our Virtual Visits section below, our Patient and Family Communication Team will work with patients and loved ones to identify and overcome any barriers that might prevent them from using technology to connect with their loved ones.

  • No visitors will be allowed who have COVID-19 symptoms, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
  • Visitors will be provided a visitor badge which must be displayed and visible during the entirety of the visit.
  • No children under the age of 18 are permitted to visit.
  • At the discretion of the hospital staff, a visitor may be asked to leave as the situation warrants.

Behavioral Medicine Center (Behavioral Health Inpatient Departments Only)

  • Per state of Florida, there is no visitation allowed to adult mental health treatment facilities at this time.
  • Youth visitation is limited to parents/guardians only. No siblings or anyone under the age of 18 are allowed to visit.

Jay Hospital

  • NO VISITORS AT THIS TIME.
  • Please communicate with hospitalized loved ones by mobile device, phone, FaceTime or Skype. As noted in our Virtual Visits section below, our Patient and Family Communication Team will work with patients and loved ones to identify and overcome any barriers that might prevent them from using technology to connect with their loved ones.

EXCEPTIONS

A visitor whose presence is essential to the care of a patient may be allowed to visit. “Essential” is defined as one or more of the following:

  • Patients who may be impaired and require a support person to care for them
  • Patients with disruptive behavior in which a support person is key to their care
  • Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (in which support person is key to their safe care)
  • Patients under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parent or legal guardian.
  • For patients receiving end of life care, our team will arrange visitation times with loved ones. During such times, your questions and concerns will be addressed.

VIRTUAL VISITS WITH HOSPITALIZED PATIENTS

Recognizing the importance of maintaining close communication between patients and their families at a time when infection prevention measures have necessitated a strict no visitation policy, Baptist Health Care has created a Patient and Family Communication Team.

Communication liaisons are now assigned to each inpatient unit at Baptist, Gulf Breeze and Jay hospitals to facilitate virtual visits with patients and families. This helps to identify and overcome any barriers that might prevent them from using technology to connect with their loved ones.

As part of the program, the Baptist information technology department has provided 30 Chromebooks equipped with the Zoom app that patients without access to a smart phone can use to have face time with their families.

We do apologize for any inconvenience, but we must take this necessary step to ensure the safety of people in our care, team members and our community.

Thank you and be well!