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Spectrum Health to Allow Visitors for COVID-19 Patients

New policy allows patients up to two visitors

June 16, 2021

Grand Rapids, Mich., June 16, 2021 – Spectrum Health announces an updated visitor policy for patients hospitalized with COVID-19.

Under the new policy, patients will be allowed up to two visitors who may be present between the hours of 6:00 am and 9:00 pm. Visitors will be screened for signs of COVID-19 and will be required to adhere to personal protective equipment (PPE) requirements.

The policy applies to patients hospitalized for the treatment of COVID-19 and to patients hospitalized for other reasons who test COVID-19 positive. From the beginning and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, patients with COVID-19 have not been allowed to have visitors.

“We are so pleased this day is here. After careful planning and following CDC guidelines, we are pleased to welcome visitors for COVID-19 patients in a safe manner,” said Darryl Elmouchi, MD, president, Spectrum Health West Michigan. “We know how important this is for our patients and families because it will result in greater physical and emotional support throughout the healing process.”

The safety of Spectrum Health’s patients, visitors and staff remains the highest priority. All visitors will be provided instructions and training on the proper usage of PPE, including gowns, gloves, eye protection and standard mask usage.

The new policy goes into effect Wednesday, June 16.

About Spectrum Health
Spectrum Health is a not-for-profit health system that provides care and coverage, comprising 31,000+ team members, 14 hospitals (including Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital), a robust network of care facilities, teams of nationally recognized doctors and providers, and the nation’s third-largest provider-sponsored health plan, Priority Health, currently serving over 1 million members across the state of Michigan. People are at the heart of everything we do. Locally governed and headquartered in Grand Rapids, Michigan, we are focused on our mission: to improve health, inspire hope and save lives. Spectrum Health has a legacy of strong community partnerships, philanthropy and transparency. Through experience, innovation and collaboration, we are reimagining a better, more equitable model of health and wellness.

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Tim Hawkins
Media Relations
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Email: timothy.hawkins@spectrumhealth.org