We are Here and Open for You

Getting the care that you need, when you need it, matters. At Mount Nittany Health, we are here and safely opening more of our services for you, while continuing our extra measures to keep everyone safe. 

Mount Nittany Health enacts temporary visitation restrictions

Mount Nittany Health is committed to protecting the health, safety and wellbeing of the community. In doing so, the health system is limiting the number of people in Mount Nittany Medical Center, emergency department, CANCER CARE PARTNERSHIP, Physician Group, and all other outpatient locations, through the following visitation restrictions, effective immediately and until further notice.

In the best interest of patients, visitors and staff during this evolving situation, visitors of hospitalized patients at Mount Nittany Medical Center will no longer be permitted, except for select circumstances. For questions regarding visitation at the Medical Center, please call 814.231.7000.

One caregiver may accompany patients of our emergency department, Mount Nittany Physician Group, CANCER CARE PARTNERSHIP and outpatient Medical Center locations, if needed. Depending on the circumstances, the caregiver may be asked to find an alternative place to wait for the patient, such as their vehicle. 

“At Mount Nittany Health, we respect and understand the need for patients to have loved ones near to support the healing process,” said Nirmal Joshi, MD, FACP, chief medical officer, Mount Nittany Health. “In this environment, however, it's imperative that we limit the number of people in our facilities, including visitors. We strongly encourage everyone to utilize other means of communication, such as phone calls, video chats on cell phones or other mobile devices. We are sensitive to the separation this restriction causes our patients and their loved ones, but we believe this measure of protection is essential at this time to keep everyone safe.”

Questions regarding inpatient visitation or outpatient visits at the Medical Center and emergency department can be directed to 814.231.7000. For questions regarding accompanying patients to a scheduled appointment at Mount Nittany Physician Group practices, practices should be called directly. A complete listing of phone numbers is available on our website at mountnittany.org.

It is safe to seek hospital and emergency care at Mount Nittany Medical Center.

Please expect the following ways to keep you safe:

  • Special cleaning of all areas several times a day
  • Screening all patients, visitors and caregivers
  • Requiring patients, visitors, employees and providers to mask
  • Screening patients before they enter the ED for COVID-19, and directing them to a specialized, isolated area for care
  • Using telehealth when possible to provide care
  • Telephone screening all lab and imaging patients ahead of their appointments
  • Added special protective barriers between patients and staff in registration areas

Mount Nittany Physician Group practices and other offsite locations

Please expect the following ways to keep you safe:

  • Special cleaning of all areas several times a day
  • Screening all patients, visitors and caregivers
  • Requiring all patients, employees and providers to mask
  • Using telehealth when possible to provide care
  • Added special protective barriers between patients and staff in registration areas
  • Scheduling time between patient visits to limit/eliminate people in the waiting rooms.
  • For pediatric patients, symptomatic children will be seen in our Boalsburg office and asymptomatic and well children will be seen at our Bellefonte location.

For non-emergency surgeries and procedures:

Elective and non-emergency surgeries have resumed at Mount Nittany Health Surgical Center and Mount Nittany Medical Center. It’s important that we provide the care to you that was delayed during the past two months because of the pandemic. However, to ensure that you and our staff are safe, it will take us some time to reschedule everyone, so we thank you in advance for your continued patience and support. Your health and safety is our main priority.

You can expect the following from us to protect you during this time:

  • COVID-19 testing before these surgeries and procedures; for more information, please see the section below, titled “COVID-19 Pre-Surgical Testing Patient Instructions"
  • Special cleaning of all areas several times a day
  • Screening all patients, visitors and caregivers
  • Requiring patients, visitors, employees and providers to mask
  • Added special protective barriers between patients and staff in registration areas

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COVID-19 Pre-Surgical Testing Patient Instructions

Will I need to be tested for COVID-19 before having an elective surgery or procedure done?

  • Yes. Your surgeon will give you an order and instructions for COVID-19 nasal swabbing. This will need to be done 3 business days before your procedure. COVID-19 testing is only available Monday through Friday (testing is NOT available over the weekend). 
  • Your surgeon will set up and give you specific instructions on the date, time, and location of when to have nasal swabbing. It is very important to arrive to this appointment on time. If it is missed, it can delay or cancel your procedure.
  • The COVID-19 testing MUST be completed before NOON on your testing date, as results are time sensitive. Test results will be sent to your surgeon and anesthesia team.

After I have been tested for COVID-19, what are my instructions before my procedure?

  • Please limit your exposure by social distancing in public, wearing a mask in public, washing your hands frequently, avoiding contact with a person known to be positive for COVID-19, and limiting your activities to only those that are essential, including work. If your work requires you to interact with others, please carefully follow the safety measures at your workplace, such as social distancing and use of personal protective equipment (PPE), such as mask, gloves, gowns, eye protection, etc., if applicable.
  • Avoid non-essential activities, such as social gatherings, eating in at bars/restaurants, public events, and unnecessary travel.
  • Please notify your surgeon or anesthesia team if you develop any new symptoms including fevers, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, abdominal pain, diarrhea, or vomiting.
  • If you have any questions about these instructions and how to prepare for your upcoming procedure/surgery, please call the PAT office at 814.231.7050. 

What else should I expect before my procedure?

  • You will receive a screening call the day before your surgery. The nurse will ask about any symptoms and travel history for you and those in your household. Please tell the nurse at this time if you will need help getting from your car into the hospital (for example a wheelchair).
  • Upon arrival at the Mount Nittany Health facility on the day of your procedure, you will be asked screening questions and have your temperatures checked.
  • Limiting to one visitor/caregiver, with exception for COVID-19 patients or persons under investigation, at all Mount Nittany Health facilities

If you have any questions, please contact your surgeon.