Current Visitor Policies at Monroe Carell
Masks are now optional for most patients, visitors and employees in our hospitals and clinics. We ask that you respect others’ choice about masking. Some patients, including those with symptoms of respiratory infection, will be asked to wear a mask.
We continue to ask that you avoid visiting or accompanying a patient if you have symptoms of illness. We also ask that you continue to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer when you enter or leave a patient room.
These requirements may change from time to time and may differ among our seven hospitals and hundreds of clinic locations. Please review specifics below and discuss other details with hospital or clinic staff.
At Monroe Carell
When your child is admitted, you will select 2 parent-approved visitors (PAVs) who may stay with your child 24/7. These individuals will wear a wristband to identify them.
- Up to 4 people age 12 and older may be in the patient's room during visiting hours. This may be different people each day.
- PAVs must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when they enter or leave the patient room.
- PAVs and visitors must maintain physical distancing (6 feet apart).
- PAVs who stay overnight should arrive before 8 p.m. and will be re-screened by nursing staff the following morning.
Monroe Carell Emergency Department
When your child is admitted to the emergency department, 4 visitors aged 16 and older are allowed. Each visitor will wear a sticker to identify themselves.
Guidelines for Visitors/Caregivers of COVID-Positive Patients
When your child is admitted, you (parent or guardian) will designate 2 parent-approved visitors (PAVs) who may visit the patient. Only those 2 people may visit unless circumstances meet criteria for an approved exception. These PAVs are given a wristband with "PG" in it to identify them.
- PAVs for COVID-positive patients must remain in the patient's room.
- PAVs must always wear a mask when staff and providers are in the room. Failure to do so will result in ending visitation privileges.
- PAVs must maintain distancing (6 feet, to the best of their ability), even in the patient room.
- PAVs must wash their hands or use hand sanitizer regularly.
- The parent/guardian with each COVID-positive patient receives 3 free meals each day. Call (615) 936-4780 to receive meals.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
In the case of twins, 4 people may be with each patient in the NICU.
Day of Surgery
4 parents/caregivers (16 years and older) are welcome to accompany your child to the surgery waiting room on the day of surgery. Two parents/caregivers may be in the holding room before and in the recovery room after surgery.
All parents/caregivers must:
- Be free of any symptoms of COVID or flu
- Wash their hands or use hand sanitizer when entering or leaving the room
If your child is admitted to the hospital, 4 parents/caregivers may be at bedside during visiting hours.
Two caregivers may stay overnight.
Outpatient Clinics and Doctors Offices
2 visitors can be with the child in these settings.