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Baptist Health updates visitation policy to enhance safety in response to COVID-19

Thursday, July 9, 2020   (0 Comments)
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The following is a news release from Baptist Health:


Jacksonville, Fla., July 9, 2020 — To promote physical distancing, and minimize the potential spread of COVID-19, Baptist Health will return to a reduced visitation policy for adult inpatient units and adult inpatient surgery.

The following guidelines will be implemented:

  • Adult Inpatient Surgery
    • One designated visitor will be permitted to wait until surgery is complete to receive word from the care team. Visitors will not be permitted to enter the inpatient unit.


  • No adult inpatient visitation with very few exceptions:
    • Labor & Delivery: One designated visitor per day. One spouse/partner, one visitor or one doula per patient, per day; no combinations at this time.
    • Hospice: Two loved ones will be permitted.
    • End-of-life: Two loved ones will be permitted. Care teams will arrange visitation on a case-by-case basis.

“Our team is continually refining our processes to battle this pandemic,” said Brett McClung, FACHE, president and CEO of Baptist Health. “The decision to reduce visitation today is best for the health and safety of our community.”

There are no visitation changes for Wolfson Children’s Hospital at this time.

Safety remains a top priority for Baptist Health, and reducing the number of people within the health system is one of the many strategies implemented to ensure the community knows Baptist Health is a safe place for care. For other COVID-19 safety measures, visit

Baptist Health’s COVID-19 Information Center is a comprehensive online resource for the latest COVID-19 visitation policies, safety protocols and more. It includes an online risk assessment tool, a nurse help line, COVID-19 testing information, a list of available clinical trials for COVID-19 patients and more.


 About Baptist Health

Baptist Health is a faith-based, mission-driven system in Northeast Florida comprised of Baptist Medical Center Jacksonville; Baptist Medical Center Beaches; Baptist Medical Center Nassau; Baptist Medical Center South; Baptist Clay Medical Campus and Wolfson Children’s Hospital – the region’s only children’s hospital.  All Baptist Health hospitals, along with Baptist Home Health Care, have achieved Magnet™ status for excellence in patient care. Baptist Health is part of Coastal Community Health, a regional affiliation between Baptist Health, Flagler Hospital and Southeast Georgia Health System forming a highly integrated hospital network focused on significant initiatives designed to enhance the quality and value of care provided to our contiguous communities. Baptist Health has the area’s only dedicated heart hospital; orthopedic institute; women’s services; neurological institute, including comprehensive neurosurgical services, a comprehensive stroke center and two primary stroke centers; a Bariatric Center of Excellence; a full range of psychology and psychiatry services; urgent care services; and primary and specialty care physicians’ offices throughout Northeast Florida. The Baptist MD Anderson Cancer Center is a regional destination for multidisciplinary cancer care which is clinically integrated with the MD Anderson Cancer Center, the internationally renowned cancer treatment and research institution in Houston. For more details, visit