News | Published July 15, 2020

Revised visitation restrictions

Mount Nittany Health is committed to taking every possible action to protect the health, safety and wellbeing of our community.
Beginning on July 3, Mount Nittany Health will allow one visitor/caregiver to accompany or visit patients of our Mount Nittany Medical Center, Emergency Department, Mount Nittany Physician Group, Mount Nittany Health Surgical Center, CANCER CARE PARTNERSHIP, and outpatient Medical Center locations. 
This revision to the visitation policy comes after evaluation and assessment by a multi-disciplinary team with the goal of allowing visitor support of patients, while ensuring the safety of patients and staff. Within Mount Nittany Health facilities, measures have been taken including special cleaning, masking and screening. The team will continue to assess policies such as this for the safety of our employees and the community. 
“Mount Nittany Health has needed to be flexible in order to meet the healthcare needs of the community, including ramping up care for COVID patients while also protecting staff and the community. As the disease activity changes, we will continue to respond appropriately,” shared Gregory Ruff, MD, Mount Nittany Physician Group Pulmonary Medicine, Sleep Medicine and Mount Nittany Medical Center critical care department.
“Previously, we restricted visitors in our facilities to protect our patients and staff. More recently, we have reached a point where we believe limited visitation of patients in our facilities is achievable. We understand the importance of having family and caregivers participate in the care of their loved ones. We will continue to closely monitor the situation and make adjustments to our operations as needed,” said Ruff.
Please be aware that depending on the circumstances, the visitor/caregiver may be asked to find an alternative place to wait for the patient. In the case of patients undergoing endoscopy procedures, visitors will be asked to wait in their vehicles. 
Persons under investigation for COVID-19 and positive COVID-19 patients will not be permitted to have visitors. We recognize that interacting with friends and family can be helpful to the healing process; therefore, we are strongly encouraging using alternative means of support like phone calls or video chats on cellphones or other mobile devices.
All visitors/caregivers 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 their vehicle or return home.
We are sensitive to the separation this restriction creates for our patients and families, but we strongly believe continuing to limit the number of people in our facilities is essential to keeping our patients and staff safe.

Patients with questions regarding visitation at the Medical Center should call 814.231.7000. For Mount Nittany Physician Group, patients are asked to call their practice or outpatient office.