MMC COVID-19 Visitor Guidelines

Minden Medical Center Visitor Guidelines

Effective May 7, 2021:

Minden Medical Center has modified its visitor restrictions and normal visiting hours have resumed (8:00 AM – 9:00 PM). For social distancing considerations, patient’s should be limited to two visitors at a time. Visitors must be age 12 or older. Visitors will still be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entrance to the facility and will have their temperature checked prior to being allowed to visit a patient care unit. ALL visitors must adhere to hospital guidelines and must wear a mask. Visitors should remain in the patient’s room as much as possible and will be encouraged to participate in Bedside Shift Report with the patient and nurses to be knowledgeable of the plan of care for the patient.

Please note: Visitor guidelines may vary for each department and patient based on recommendations of doctors and nurses, and COVID-19 positive patients and patients waiting on COVID-19 test results will still have visitor restrictions.

  • Inpatient (Med/Surg, ICU, Rehab): Two (2) visitors will be allowed and will remain in the room with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). The visitors are not limited to be the same two visitors each day.
  • Behavioral Health Unit: One (1) visitor will be allowed daily during the BHU Scheduled Visiting Times.
  • Labor & Delivery and Postpartum: Two (2) visitors will be allowed and will remain in the room with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Pediatric Patients: Both parents will be allowed to stay with the pediatric patient during the hospitalization. One (1) parent can come and go, and the other parent must be with the pediatric patient at all times. Other visitors will remain in room with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) while visiting. Visitors may alternate between parents. Meals will be provided for one parent.
  • Day Surgery: Two (2) visitors will be allowed to remain in room with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE).
  • Cath Lab: Two (2) visitors will be allowed in the waiting room provided social distancing guidelines are followed, and will be allowed to visit the patient before and after the procedure as directed by the Cath Lab Staff. For Cath Lab patients who require an overnight stay, the visitors will be allowed to follow the patient to the patient room (ICU or Second Floor patient room). After the patient is settled in the patient room, the visitor may stay with the patient until visiting hours are over at 9:00 PM.
  • Imaging, Lab and Respiratory: Due to limited waiting room space and social distancing guidelines, we will limit visitors to one (1) per patient.
  • Inpatient Surgery: The visitors will be allowed to stay in the assigned patient room with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). Visitors will not be allowed to wait in the waiting rooms.
  • Emergency Department: Upon arrival to the ED, one (1) visitor will be allowed AFTER the ED patient is screened for COVID-19 by the check-in screeners. If no room is available, the visitor will be asked to wait outside, except for pediatric patients. When patient is called back, visitor will be notified and allowed to be with the ED patient with appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE). If patient is admitted, the visitor will be allowed to follow the patient to the assigned patient room and may stay with the patient until visiting hours are over at 9:00 PM.
  • COVID-19 Positive Patients and Patients Under Investigation for COVID-19: NO Visitors. Exceptions: End of life or other special circumstances will be allowed at times other than the defined visiting times in this policy with approval from hospital administration.