FREEPORT (WIFR) -- In order to help promote a healing and welcoming environment at FHN Memorial Hospital, FHN encourages patient visits. Effective now, a revision in the visitor policy at the hospital will eliminate the current requirement for check-in and visitor badges.
There will also be no specific visiting hours or nighttime visiting restrictions except for the Family Birthing Center, where visiting hours are limited to 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the benefit of our new mothers and babies.
Before 8 p.m., all visitors must enter through the hospital atrium (east entrance). After 8 p.m., visitors will be welcomed through Emergency Room reception. Visitors will get patient room numbers from admitting staff at the main desk in the hospital’s atrium.
The revised visitor policy does not lessen the importance of security, which remains critically important at the hospital. “No matter how the visitor policy may change, security is always a top priority at FHN Memorial Hospital,” said FHN Security Supervisor Quincy Carter. “Hospital staff are trained on a continuous basis to identify and handle security risks, and security personnel are on duty ’round the clock. We’re proud of our safety record as well as our ability to help patients, visitors, and staff feel secure at all times.”
The revised policy is intended to make it easier for visitors to spend time with family and friends at the hospital, which can be a key element in healing and recovery. “Everyone at the hospital plays a role in making patients, visitors, and co-workers feel welcome and valued,” said Nancy Cutler, FHN Vice President of Patient Services and Chief Nursing Officer.
In the event of an infectious epidemic or pandemic, FHN may choose to limit access by all visitors at its discretion – in such a circumstance, signage will indicate any restrictions.
For more information on the FHN visiting policy or to find a healthcare provider, visit www.fhn.org.