Oklahoma Heart Hospital to Restrict Access to Visitors
OKLAHOMA CITY (March 13, 2020) - While national attention around COVID-19 continues to accelerate, the Oklahoma Heart Hospital remains focused on the safety and health of our patients and team members.
Out of an abundance of caution, our next critical step in safeguarding our patients and team members is to begin enforcing restricted visitor access at our hospitals and clinics. Effective at 6 a.m. Saturday, March 14, Oklahoma Heart Hospital will limit access at its north and south campus to one visitor per patient.
Each patient’s one visitor must meet the following criteria:
- Visitors must be 16 years or older.
- Visitors must be fever-free.
- Visitors must be cough-free.
- After a patient’s one visitor leaves, another may enter.
Exceptions will be made on a case by case basis and include visitors for any patients nearing the end of life. Hospital services will not be impacted. However, the Heart Health Café and Bistro will be closed to the public.
"The safety of our patients, visitors and team members is of the utmost importance," said Dr. John Harvey, Chief Executive Officer of Oklahoma Heart Hospital. "We realize this may create an inconvenience for our patients and visitors but providing a safe environment for everyone is our priority."
This change will impact both visitors for patients in the hospital and those who accompany patients to clinic appointments and diagnostic testing.