Visitation Restrictions Lifted at EAMC

March 4, 2014

– With flu and flu-like illnesses having declined significantly around the area and around the state, East Alabama Medical Center (EAMC) officials have made the decision to lift visitor restrictions that had been in place since late December.  Effective immediately, visitation hours of 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. return in most areas of the hospital. 

Also on the topic of visitation, one unit has made a change that restricts visitation daily between the hours of 2 – 4 p.m.  It’s on the Mother/Baby unit (where mother and baby are cared for following childbirth), and is part of a “Baby-Friendly” hospital initiative.  Visitation on this unit is now 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and from 4 – 9 p.m.  This unit now observes “Quiet Time” each day from 2 – 4 p.m.  This allows the mother, baby and spouse or support person to rest and have uninterrupted bonding time.  No additional visitors are allowed on this unit during this time.    

Another area will soon be making a change in its visitation policy as well that matches new guidelines set forth by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Currently, visitation on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) is restricted to small blocks of time five times a day.  Beginning March 31, these two units—which are both in the West Pavilion at EAMC—will begin keeping visitation hours of 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.  During this time, patients on these units may have up to two (2) visitors at a time.  Complete details will be announced soon.