Effective December 28, 2021
Safety for our patients, their loved ones and our staff is our top priority. Given the high incidence of COVID-19 in our area, we are restricting in-person visitation at this time.
Per New York State Department of Health guidelines, support persons are still allowed for:
- Patients in Labor & Delivery
- Pediatric patients
- Patients for whom a support person has been determined to be essential to the care of the patient (medically necessary), including patients with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and patients with cognitive impairments including dementia
- Patients in imminent end-of-life situations or who need compassionate care
- Patients in surgical/procedural areas during the intake process
These support persons must provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the visit. Results from a self-administered COVID-19 test or positive antibody test will not be accepted.
Additionally, they must adhere to screening, hand washing and infection control guidelines. A mask must be worn at all times, including in the patient’s room, and no eating or drinking is permitted in patient’s room.
We know that visits from family members and friends are important part of patient care and understand the tremendous impact they have in the healing process of patients. We are continuously assessing the situation and will make any updates as events change. We realize that this is an extremely challenging time for you and your loved ones in the hospital and appreciate your understanding so that we can ensure a safe environment for our patients, staff and the community.
During this time when you cannot be with your loved ones in person, please connect with them through the patient’s bedside phone, cell phone, FaceTime or other means of communication. If you have questions, please contact the Department of Patient Advocacy at (631) 444-2880.
Thank you for your support in helping us to provide a safe and healing environment for everyone.