FVH begins allowing limited visitors

Friday, May 29, 2020

LE MARS — Beginning on June 1, Floyd Valley Healthcare will be allowing limited visitors in the hospital, surgery center, emergency department and outpatients clinics during regular visitor hours.

Visitor restrictions are still in place for patients diagnosed with COVID-19. There will continue to be no visitors at Park Place Estates Assisted Living to protect this very vulnerable population.

Adequate supply of protective equipment, including masks, is now available so that Floyd Valley Healthcare can begin allowing more visitors.

One visitor will be allowed with a clinic or outpatient appointment. One visitor per patient per day will be allowed for the inpatient floor, with the visitor in OB being a birthing partner.

In end-of-life care, the spouse and/or children will be allowed to visit.

Patients and visitors must wear masks within a Floyd Valley Healthcare facility, and will be screened for temperature and symptoms of COVID-19 before entering the building.

For those wishing to visit an inpatient, you will need to enter the facility via the East Entrance. Patients and visitors are urged to wear a cloth face mask when arriving to Floyd Valley Healthcare. If you do not have a mask, one will be provided.

Patients and visitors alike are still asked to observe social distancing of at least 6 feet between people whenever possible, for example, at registration areas and in waiting rooms. It may be necessary for care providers to be closer than 6 feet in order to conduct examinations.

“We thank our patients and their families for their cooperation and patience during the time when we needed to restrict all visitors. We know this was difficult for everyone, but it was necessary in order to protect patients and staff while preserving valuable protective equipment,” said Dustin Wright, CEO.

“The health and safety of our patients and our employees continues to be our highest priority. We know visitation is very important in the healing and recovery process. Because COVID-19 is still present in our population, we are taking additional measures toward ensuring the safety of our facilities,” Wright added.

Customers, patients and visitors will see these extra measures of safety:

• Industrial-grade cleaning practices in all Floyd Valley Healthcare facilities.

• Spacing barriers at registration areas.

• Distance between waiting room chairs.

• Streamlined processes at registration to result in shorter visits to a facility.

• Face masks worn by staff and other protective equipment as needed.

• Hand sanitizer available in waiting rooms.

For the latest information on testing for COVID-19, please go to TestIowa.com. General information about Floyd Valley Healthcare services is available at Floyd Valley Healthcare.org.

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