All visitors must follow these guidelines:
Note: Labor and delivery patients and their visitors are allowed to enter through the East Entrance for COVID-19 screening. Same day patients (surgery and GI procedures) will enter at the North Patient Tower entrance. Emergency room visitor presenting with the patient to triage will be screened by the triage nurse. ER visitor presenting after the patient is in the room will need to enter through the East Entrance for COVID-19 screening. No outside food or drink is allowed to be brought in the Emergency Department.
UPDATED June 22, 2022:
With low community transmission and following CDC guidelines, Cookeville Regional has updated its masking policies.
Staff who are up-to-date with COVID vaccination may remove their masks while in break areas and during meetings where patients will not be encountered.
Up-to-date is defined by the CDC as having received all doses and in the primary series (2 doses of a 2 dose vaccine or 1 dose of a 1 dose vaccine) AND one booster.
Universal masking is still required in all clinical areas of the hospital and in hallways, the cafeteria, elevators, and any other areas where patients could be present.
Physical distancing continues to be encouraged.
Staff at increased risk for severe disease, have someone in your home or you yourself are immunocompromised are encouraged to continue to mask at all times when around others. No changes have been made to the current patient and visitor masking requirement. If the community transmission rate reaches the substantial to high category, Cookeville Regional will update the policies at that time.
Due to the decline in COVID patient census we will be going back to our regular visitation policy effective on Monday, May 2, 2022. The policy is outlined below.
Visitors may visit a patient on the patient floor during established visiting hours. The number of visitors for a patient may be limited based on the condition of the patient. The patient's physician or the charge nurse may restrict the number of visitors or visiting hours at their discretion. Cookeville Regional allows a support person chosen by the patient to be with the patient during the course of stay for emotional support as long as it does not infringe on the other patients' rights. Visitation will not be determined on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or disability.
Visiting hours at Cookeville Regional Medical Center shall be observed as follows:
General units: 7 a.m.-8 p.m. unless otherwise permitted by physician or nursing staff.
The patient's physician or the charge nurse may restrict the number of visitors or visiting hours at their discretion. Restricted areas are:
- Labor & delivery/post-partum: Visitation is set by the patient and supported by staff. Only one visitor over the age of 16 years may stay the night with patients. Siblings may not be left unattended with the patient when another care giver is not present. The number of visitors in the room at any given time cannot compromise safety and is limited at the discretion of staff and providers.
Nursery: Visitation is limited to a maximum of two people over the age of 16; there are no visitors under the age of 16 allowed in the nursery. Visitors must be free of signs and symptoms of illness (including but not limited to fever or cough). 1 visitor must have a matching band to the baby. Visitors cannot compromise safety or care of the patient and may be limited at the discretion of staff and providers.
- Emergency department: Visitors in the ED are limited to two (2) unless physician/nursing staff approves variability.
- ICU – One support person of the patient's choice will be allowed to remain with the patient 24 hours a day to provide emotional and social support. One additional visitor may visit from the hours of 7:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Two visitors is the maximum that our rooms will accommodate and still allow us to care for patients. Additional visitors may remain in the larger ICU waiting room. Children under the age of 12 are not routinely permitted to visit. All visitors will check in at the nurses' station and receive a visitor badge that is to be worn during the visit to the patient. Visiting hours may be altered due to extenuating circumstances and/or patient condition.
- CVICU: One support person of the patient's choice will be allowed to remain with the patient 24 hours a day to provide emotional and social support. One additional visitor may visit from the hours of 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., 4-6:30 p.m. and 7:30-9 p.m. Two visitors is the maximum that our rooms will accommodate and still allow us to care for patients. Additional visitors may remain in the larger CVICU waiting room. Children under the age of 12 will not routinely be permitted. As circumstances necessitate, visiting hours may be changed to or omitted in order to provide essential care for our patients.
- The Same Day Surgery and GI lab waiting areas will allow two visitors with each patient.
- General patient care areas:
Children under the age of 12 may be allowed to visit in patient care areas only after receiving special permission from the charge nurse on the floor to be visited. This precaution is taken in order to reduce the chances of compromising our patients through the spread of infectious diseases. During certain times of the year, visitation may be restricted due to the risk of spreading infectious diseases such as Influenza during the flu season. Children must remain under adult supervision at all times in the public waiting areas of the hospital or in the patient room when visiting.
- Critical/Intensive Care Unit:
The nursing staff is authorized to allow children under the age of 12 to visit under special circumstances. These circumstances depend on the specific situation, the psychosocial needs of the patient and family members, and the type and severity of the illness. No children are allowed on the Critical Care Unit until they are interviewed by the nurse as to recent febrile or rash illness and are shown to be a febrile, without rash, and not recently exposed to an illness.
- Physicians reserve the right to deny visitation by children and/or adults for the health of their patient(s).
- Visitors are prohibited from entering patients' rooms when signs are posted requesting no visitors, as it may be part of the treatment ordered by the patient's physician.
- Due to fire and safety regulations, visitors are prohibited from convening in hallways and walkways.
- Any visitor entering the facility after 9 p.m. must enter through the Emergency Department (ED) lobby. If the visitor wishes to visit an area other than the ED, they must enter through the east lobby, be signed in by a security officer and be issued a visitor badge with a 24 hour expiration date. This is known as the ePass System.
II.PATIENT VISITATION RIGHTS
- The patient has the right to choose who may visit them.
- The patient has the right to withdraw visitation consent at any time.
- The patient's visitation wishes may be in his or her advance directive.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND UNDERSTANDING AT THIS TIME.
Those visitors allowed in the medical center will be screened before being allowed to visit patients.
Screening will consist of a list of questions to determine risk of illness.
LIMITED ENTRY POINTS FOR THE PUBLIC
Only three entrances will remain open for entry by the general public:
- Main Entrance (North Tower)
- East Entrance
- ED Entrance
(The Cancer Center entrance will remain open for Cancer Center patients only. No other visitors may access the hospital from that entrance.)
Employees will still be able to enter in the East Entrance, North Tower Main Entrance, West Entrance and Loading Dock Entrance with their badge.