BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan Announces Change to Visitor Restrictions

Current restrictions prohibiting minors and overnight visitation will be lifted

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 24, 2022 – BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan is revising its visitor policies, lifting some restrictions in its hospitals and outpatient locations.

Effective today, Wednesday, Aug. 24, minors (individuals ages 15 and younger) will be allowed to visit adult and pediatric patients. Visiting minors must be with a supervising adult during regular visiting hours and be able to adhere to masking requirements.

Additionally, non-COVID-19 patients who are in private rooms will be allowed one adult overnight visitor. Overnight visits are not permitted for minors at this time.

“At Spectrum Health, the safety and well-being of our patients and team members are our highest priority,” said Chad Tuttle, senior vice president, hospital and post-acute operations, Spectrum Health West Michigan. “We also recognize the importance of patients staying connected with loved ones. These revised restrictions will remain in place as long as current infectious disease rates remain stable.”

Visitor guidelines include:

  • Adult hospital inpatient; labor and delivery; and cath lab: Four visitors. Visitors can be different individuals each day.
  • Adult emergency department, urgent care, surgery, and endoscopy: Two visitors.
  • Adult lab and radiology: One visitor.
  • Pediatric emergency department, surgery, lab, OB triage and radiology: Two visitors.
  • Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital bone marrow transplant unit: Minors younger than 12 years are not permitted.
  • Neonatal ICU minor visitors must be sibling of patient.
  • Physician and medical offices: Two visitors (some locations may have tighter access because of space limitations).

Inpatient adult and pediatric COVID-19-positive patients can have two adult visitors. The visitors must be the same people throughout patient’s stay at the hospital and the visitors must abide by all personal protective equipment (PPE) expectations. Adults are individuals ages 16 years and older.

All visitors will be asked to follow personal protective equipment guidelines at all times. Visitors who enter must consistently wear an acceptable, clean, well-fitting, filtering face covering. Medical-grade procedural masks are available for all visitors.

Complete visitor guidelines can be found at spectrumhealth.org/covid19/family-and-visitor-restrictions and apply to the following Spectrum Health West Michigan hospitals and nearby physician offices and ambulatory care sites*:

  • Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Blodgett Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center
  • Spectrum Health Lemmen-Holton Cancer Pavilion
  • Spectrum Health Big Rapids Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial
  • Spectrum Health Kelsey Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Pennock
  • Spectrum Health Reed City Hospital
  • Spectrum Health United Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital
  • Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital

*Updated guidelines are not applicable to rehabilitation and nursing centers or Spectrum Health Lakeland facilities.

About BHSH Spectrum Health West Michigan
People are at the heart of everything we do, and the inspiration for our long and continuing legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Our award-winning team improves health, inspires hope and saves lives across 13 counties in West Michigan. We bring together 11 hospitals—including Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital, with expert care from 350+ pediatric specialists in 70+ specialties and programs—three rehabilitation and nursing centers, 120 outpatient sites and telehealth services. We are proud to work with 4,000 physicians and advanced practice providers, including Spectrum Health Medical Group, one of the largest and most comprehensive multispecialty physician groups in West Michigan.

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Media Relations
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Email: timothy.hawkins@spectrumhealth.org