Rutland Regional tightens visitor policy in response to flu season and COVID-19

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Rutland Regional tightens visitor policy in response to flu season and COVID-19

Mon, 10/26/2020 - 1:38pm -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine In order to ensure patient safety in response to growing COVID-19 infection rates throughout the Northeast, Rutland Regional Medical Center announced new visitor restrictions for the hospital and clinics.

As of November 2, 2020, visitors may not enter the hospital or associated medical clinics unless a patient’s treatment team has identified them as an Essential Support Person. Pediatric patients, labor and delivery patients, and patients who are near the end of life are among the patients who will be permitted to be accompanied or visited by essential support persons. Children under 18 will not be allowed to visit patients except for exceptional circumstances.

“Our number one priority is to keep our patients and staff safe and restricting access to the hospital and clinics is a proven way to do this,” said Claudio Fort, president and CEO of Rutland Regional. “We recognize the difficulty this creates but we ask for the community’s support and patience. We all have to work together to protect our patients in the wake of this unprecedented pandemic.”

Rutland Regional will continue to facilitate patient communication with friends and family through video conferencing and other means.

About Rutland Regional Medical Center

Rutland Regional Medical Center the largest community hospital in Vermont and is supported by a medical staff of 256 physicians trained in 37 specialty areas and over 1,600 employees. With a strong patient-centered focus, consistent quality performance, Magnet® Nursing Recognition, and award-winning care, Rutland Regional remains dedicated to improving the health of families and individuals throughout Rutland County and beyond.

The new policy will be published on the hospital’s website on Monday, November 2, 2020. For more information please visit www.RRMC.org

Source: RUTLAND, VT Rutland Regional Medical Center 10.26.2020