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Mount Nittany Health visitor policy
Mount Nittany Health visitor policy
Mount Nittany Health policies and practices for COVID-19
Screenings at all Mount Nittany Health facilities

Mount Nittany Health visitor policy

Mount Nittany Health recognizes the integral role that family and loved ones play in the healing process of our patients, while doing so in a manner that maintains the safety of our patients, providers and staff.

Revisions to Visitation Policy, effective January 15

  • Inpatients at Mount Nittany Medical Center (with exception of patients who are COVID positive) will be allowed one visitor during visiting hours, 2:00 – 6:00 pm daily. The visitor does not need to be designated and may change throughout the patient’s stay.

  • Visitors will not be permitted to wait in the waiting rooms.

  • The visitor and patient will be required to mask during the visit.

Visitation Guidelines, continued

  • Patients of the emergency department and women & children’s services unit at the Medical Center may have one caregiver/support person with them at all times during their stay.

  • A caregiver/support person may accompany patients at Mount Nittany Physician Group locations, CANCER CARE PARTNERSHIP, and all outpatient departments, if needed. Please be aware that depending on the circumstances, caregivers may be asked by our staff to find an alternative place to wait, such as their vehicle.

  • At this time, the behavioral health unit at the Medical Center will not be accepting visitors.

  • Special circumstances regarding visitation will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Questions should be directed to the unit manager.

  • Any visitor, caregiver or support person entering a Mount Nittany Health facility will be screened for COVID-19. No one with symptoms will be permitted to enter.

  • Everyone entering our facilities – including those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 – must wear a mask at all times, even while in patient rooms.

Mount Nittany Health policies and practices for COVID-19

At Mount Nittany Health, the safety of our patients and staff is always our priority. Our COVID-19 policies and practices are updated as we see changes to conditions in the community and in CDC and DOH guidelines for the care, safety and placement of our patients. These are some of our current practices:

  • COVID testing is required of patients two to four days prior to surgery. Patients will receive testing instructions prior to their surgery.
  • COVID testing is required of women preparing to deliver a baby.
  • All patients will be screened for COVID-19, which includes a temperature check, including patients admitted to the hospital.
  • We have policies in place regarding room assignments of COVID-positive inpatients.
    • Patients hospitalized with COVID-19 are assigned a room based on a combination of factors following CDC and DOH guidelines.
    • No visitors are allowed to visit patients hospitalized with COVID-19.
    • Single-patient room placement is prioritized for our inpatients whenever possible; however, a hospitalized COVID-19 patient may be roomed with another patient confirmed to also have COVID-19.
  • For the safety of our patients and staff, all patients and visitors are required to wear masks.

Screenings at all Mount Nittany Health facilities

Mount Nittany Health conducts screenings of patients entering its facilities. This screening process is another measure that we are taking to protect our patients, staff and community against the spread of COVID-19. The screening process will include key questions based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Approved visitors/caregivers to the emergency department, Mount Nittany Physician Group, CANCER CARE PARTNERSHIP and outpatient Medical Center locations will undergo a screening process and be required to wear a mask for the duration of their stay. If a visitor does not have a mask, one will be provided. Any visitor who does not pass the screening process will be informed of the policy and be asked to wait in his or her vehicle or return home. Our team will work as quickly as possible to safely and effectively complete the screenings; please prepare accordingly and allow extra time for this process.

As an additional measure to protect patients, staff and community members against the spread of COVID-19, Mount Nittany Health is extending its masking requirement to patients and essential caregivers at all Mount Nittany Health off-site locations, including all Mount Nittany Physician Group offices. This is an extension of patient and visitor masking requirements already in place at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

All patients and essential caregivers must wear a mask when accessing a Mount Nittany Health off-site facility. Patients who are feeling short of breath or are otherwise unable to tolerate a mask and children under the age of 2 will not be required to wear a mask.

Patients and essential caregivers are encouraged to wear their own masks from home. If needed, masks will be provided by the health system’s screening teams before patients and essential caregivers enter the facility; the masks should be reused as long as possible.

Screening procedures at all entrances

Mount Nittany Health is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of its patients, staff and community. We are prepared for potential infectious disease outbreaks — whether measles, flu or new viruses like coronavirus — as part of our commitment to prevent disease and ensure a healthy community for all. We rigorously follow the guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Pennsylvania Department of Health for screening and testing patients for COVID-19, ensuring all levels of protection for our patients, staff and community.

As the situation continues to evolve, we have taken steps to prepare and protect our community, including limiting visitors in our facilities at Mount Nittany Health, except for special circumstances, test collection sites, screening process and rescheduling of all nonessential/elective services. We continue to evaluate and will announce further measures as needed, with the focus being on our community’s health and wellbeing.

Test collection sites

COVID-19 test collection site at Mount Nittany Health - Blue Course Drive

COVID-19 test collection site at Mount Nittany Health - Mifflin County