For Visitors

We understand the important roles friends and family members can play in a patient’s recovery. At Evangelical, we encourage visitation in balance with a patient’s need for rest.

Evangelical Community Hospital reserves the right to modify its visitation policy to accommodate changes in infectious diseases. Call 570-522-2000 to check on any visitation restrictions.

Visiting Hours

Restricted due to COVID-19.

Visitor Restriction Guidelines Related to COVID-19

(effective 6.29.20, updated 7.13.20, 9.9.20, 10.2.20, 11.11.20, 11.18.20)

For the safety of our patients and staff, Evangelical Community Hospital has adopted the following visitor restrictions.  

  • No in-person visitation.
    • Family, friends and clergy may visit virtually using technology.
  • At the time of the patient’s discharge, one healthy visitor will be permitted to assist with discharge planning.

Inpatient procedures:

  • The same one healthy visitor may visit patient before and after the procedure.

Pediatric Inpatients

  • Up to two designated parents/guardians for the duration of the Hospital stay.
  • Parent/guardian must remain in the patient’s room as much as possible.

The Family Place (Laboring Mother)

  • One designated support person for the duration of the Hospital stay.
  • Laboring mother’s doula is permitted. Doula will not take the place of the patient’s one designated visitor.
  • The one dedicated support person will be issued a “visitor” wristband that must be displayed to staff each time they enter the facility until the baby band is received.

End-of-life/Medically Unstable Situations

  • Two visitors at a time for a non-COVID patient.
  • If more than two visitors wish to see the patient, the other visitors must wait outside in their vehicle or designated area. Visitors must enter and exit the patient’s room two at a time.
  • Visitors must remain in the patient’s room unless asked to step outside by a care provider or staff member.
  • With further review, visitors under 18 may be considered for end-of-life situations

Outpatient Testing/Appointments (Lab, Imaging, PT, Physician and Clinic Practices [EMSO], includes all offices located in the Professional Office Building)

  • No support persons permitted, with the following exceptions:
  • One healthy parent/guardian for a patient under the age of 18.
    Siblings or other children are not permitted.
  • One healthy caregiver for an adult with cognitive impairment or is non-ambulatory.
  • Adult patient arriving for a clinical visit or test with a minor who has no ability to arrange care, will be permitted to obtain the health care they require. A call will be placed to the clinical area requesting their care be expedited (if possible) given the presence of the minor.
  • Exception for one visitor permitted for the following appointments: pregnancy confirmation, fetal demise, poor prognosis (i.e. cancer), surgical confirmation

Outpatient Surgeries/Procedures (includes Ambulatory Surgical Center, Endoscopy Center, One-Day Surgery)

  • One healthy parent/guardian for the patient under the age of 18.
  • One healthy visitor may accompany patient to registration/waiting area.
  • Visitor may be asked to remain outside the facility and will be permitted inside for
    use of the restroom. Visitor may be able to use the waiting area if social distancing
    may be achieved.
  • One visitor will be called when procedure is complete to receive discharge
    instructions and may be permitted to the floor.

Emergency Department (ED)

  • One designated visitor may accompany the patient.
    • No switching out of visitors.
  • While the patient is in the Emergency Department, we request the one designated visitor remain in the patient’s room. If they need to step out for any reason, they will be permitted to return to the patient’s room.
  • Visitors must remain in the patient’s room and remain masked the entire time they are in the Hospital.
  • No visitors for patients who are suspected or confirmed as having COVID-19.
  • If the patient is suspected or confirmed as having COVID-19, the visitor will be asked to remain in their vehicle until the patient is cleared from COVID-19 precautions.
  • For patients under the age of 18: one dedicated caregiver for the entire stay.
  • Exceptions to the Emergency Department visitor restrictions may be made for patients who are nearing the end-of-life.
  • If the visitor wishes to remain outside the facility, we request the one designated visitor call at 570-522-2770 to receive updates.
  • EMS vehicles may transport one visitor, if necessary, with a non-COVID suspected patient. Exceptions will need to be made in collaboration with the ED charge or staff nurse on a case-by-case basis. Visitors are not allowed with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.

Virtual visits only.

Nursing Home Liaisons
In-person visits are not permitted.

Representatives should have only previous approved appointments upon entering the building and should be directed to the Symplr badge printer for a daily badge.

Visitor Guidelines
Approved visitors will be screened upon entrance into any Evangelical facility, provided a dated screening sticker, and required to wear a mask during their entire visit.

Visitors must be screened daily.

Visitors are required to wear a Level 1 or cloth mask.

Gaiters are acceptable.
The following are not permitted: Bandanas, masks with valves/vents, loose cloth masks or any mask not completely covering the nose and mouth.

Masks must cover mouth and nose at all times.

Visitors with symptoms of respiratory illness—such as a fever, cough, or shortness of breath—will not be permitted inside the facility.

Visitors must be 18 years of age or older.

Approved visitors will be asked for proof of identification.

No visitors will be permitted for inpatients or outpatients who are diagnosed with or suspected of having COVID-19 (unless otherwise noted in this policy).

Visitors must be at least 10 days from the onset of illness if they previously had COVID-19.

If a visitor is unable to wear a mask, they will not be permitted inside the facility.

Exceptions: end-of-life situation
A face shield will be provided to the visitor to wear for medical reasons only during the end-of-life visit.

We encourage family/support persons to connect with your loved one virtually using technology such as FaceTime, Skype or Zoom.

Visitors may send greeting cards to patients by visiting the Hospital website.

The Hospital’s Dining Room and Gift Shop remain closed to the general public.

Dining Options

In addition to ordering meals with patients through the Bedside Bistro service, visitors can enjoy a meal at:

O’Keefe Dining Room
Closed to public due to COVID-19.

Directions and Parking

Send Gifts and Greetings

Stay connected to friends and loved ones in the hospital with free online messages, cards, flowers and other gifts.

Send a Free Greeting

Gift Shop

Online Nursery

Take a peek at the latest joyful arrivals in the Evangelical Community Hospital nursery.

See Babies