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Published on February 28, 2022

To keep you, our patients and our staff safe:

In the face of a dramatic increase in local COVID-19 cases and transmission, starting Jan. 12, we will require all patients and visitors to wear medical-grade masks, cloth masks with a nose wire, or N95 or KN95 masks without vents at all Gundersen locations. We will offer you a medical-grade mask if you do not have an accepted type of face covering. 

Despite updated guidelines from the CDC, Gundersen remains committed to protecting our patients, visitors and staff. Support persons, visitors or healthcare decision makers will not be permitted to any Gundersen location if they have had a diagnosis of or exposure to COVID-19 in the last 10 days.
Gundersen continuously evaluates visitor guidelines and may update them as COVID-19 continues to evolve locally, regionally, and nationally.
The safety of our patients and staff remains a priority. At this critical time, we strongly recommend limiting the number of support persons while still honoring the wellbeing of our patients and families. Please see the Hospital visitor and Clinic patient & support person guidelines below. Stricter guidelines may be implemented for select Gundersen Critical Access Hospital locations.

Hospital/Inpatient Visitor Guidelines

La Crosse Hospital visitors are to remain in the room of the patient they are visiting but may go to the cafeteria or MOKA; no gathering in community areas such as hallways, waiting rooms, or outdoor patios.

Visitors for hospitalized adults & pediatrics

Patient Type COVID Negative COVID Positive
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL HOSPITAL VISITORS

All visitors must check-in at the hospital Information Desk.

Hospitalized Adult & Pediatric

Up to 2 support people (in the building) at one time; no 24-hour limit to the number of visitors allowed.

Children under 16 may visit but need to be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

Please call the nursing staff to discuss your possible visit before you arrive; every patient and situation are unique.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Up to 2 support persons, one of which must be the child’s parent, in the room/building) at one time; no 24-hour limit to the number of visitors allowed. A parent must always accompany the visitor. 

Currently, individuals under 18 are restricted from visiting.

COVID-negative parents only.

Visitors for end-of-life adults & pediatrics

Patient Type COVID Negative COVID Positive
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL HOSPITAL VISITORS

All visitors must check-in at the hospital Information Desk.

The check-in and check-out process means that the support persons are leaving the building as we do not currently have designated space to allow for groups to wait while socially distanced. Once support persons have checked-out, others may check-in.

End-of-Life Adult & Pediatric Up to 4 support people at one time, with no 24-hour limit to the number of visitors allowed. Please call the nursing staff to discuss your possible visit before you arrive; every patient and situation are unique.

Visitors for inpatient behavioral health adults & pediatrics

Patient Type COVID Negative COVID Positive
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL INPATIENT BEHAVIORAL HEALTH VISITORS

Visits are limited to 30 minutes and need to be scheduled between 12-6 p.m. by calling (608) 775-3523. If all visiting times are filled, one may be scheduled for the following day.

Adult

Up to 2 support people, (in the building) at one time; no 24-hour limit to the number of visitors allowed. 

Children under 16 may visit but need to be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

Please call the nursing staff to discuss your possible visit before you arrive; every patient and situation are unique.

Pediatric (under 18 years)

2 parents or guardians every 24 hours.

Please call the nursing staff to discuss your possible visit before you arrive; every patient and situation are unique.

Visitors for Emergency Services, Urgent Care, Surgery, and Outpatient Surgery Center adults & pediatrics

Patient Type COVID Negative COVID Positive
Adult

Up to 2 support people, (in the building) at one time; no 24-hour limit to the number of visitors allowed. 

Children under 16 may visit but need to be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

Up to 1 support person for the entire time the patient is in the hospital.
Pediatric

Up to 2 support people, (in the building) at one time; no 24-hour limit to the number of visitors allowed. 

Children under 16 may visit but need to be accompanied and supervised by an adult.

2 support people, over 16 years of age, for the entire time the patient is in the hospital.

Clinic/Outpatient Visitor Guidelines

COVID-negative adult and pediatric patients: TWO support people
COVID-positive adult patients: ONE support people
COVID-positive pediatric patients: ONE support person

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What to expect at all Gundersen locations

To ensure the health and safety of patients, visitors and staff, we have the following processes in place to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Visit our COVID-19 page for more information.

  • Patients, support people and visitors must bring and wear a face covering even after receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.
    • Face coverings must be worn the entire time while in any of our locations and must completely cover the nose and mouth.
    • Support persons and visitors who cannot tolerate a face covering will not be allowed to accompany or visit a patient.
  • Everyone entering a Gundersen facility will be asked if they are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19 such as new fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell or unexplained body aches.
  • Despite updated guidelines from the CDC, Gundersen remains committed to protecting our patients, visitors and staff. Support persons, visitors or healthcare decision makers will not be permitted to any Gundersen location if they have had a diagnosis of or exposure to COVID-19 in the last 10 days.
  • All patients and visitors should allow at least six feet between themselves and other patients and visitors, even when wearing a face covering.
  • Entrances to Gundersen locations will continue to be limited to ensure appropriate patient and visitor screening.
what to expect

We've taken steps at all our locations to keep you and our staff healthy and safe. Here's what to expect when you visit us.

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