Visitors can be good medicine for patients. Family members and friends are welcome to visit patients in the hospital. Although we no longer have specific visiting hours, patients need time to rest. There may be times when visitation is limited. Please note the following guidelines.
Masks still required under "Mask Advisory"
Although Indiana will be lifting its mask mandate on April 6, KDH will continue to require masks at all of its locations until further notice. The safety of our team members, patients and visitors remains a priority. Thank you for helping us reduce the spread of COVID-19 by wearing your mask and socially distancing. Vaccinations continue. Please follow local and state guidelines to schedule your vaccine.
Current Visiting Guidelines (Updated April 5, 2021):
Our visitation restrictions have been updated as follows:
- No visitors under the age of 18
- Each visitor/support person must be at least 18 years old, be healthy, and wear a mask covering the nose and mouth at all times, including when visiting or waiting with the patient in a room with a closed door.
- Outpatient departments - 2 visitor/support person(s) may accompany the patient to an appointment or office visit.
- Inpatient areas - open visitation in inpatient areas from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- OB department – 3 visitors/support persons may visit. Each person must wear a visitor armband. In addition, a certified doula will be allowed to attend the birth as part of the medical team. This is supported by The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologist (ACOG) and The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).
- The pregnant patient will need to determine who the 3 visitor/support persons will be for her complete stay in the OB department
- Admitting or Charge Nurse will obtain the 3 names and notify ED registration at 10152. The visitor/support person(s) must "check in" at the registration desk where he or she will have a visitor armband applied.
- Patients being "ruled out" or positive for COVID-19 will not be allowed support person visits. There is a special feature added to the MHB phones for family to view and speak with the COVID-19 patients.
- For COVID-19 positive patients actively dying, the Director will determine whether support person(s) visit will be allowed.
Special visiting hours
Parents and guardians may stay with a child at all times on the pediatric unit. Friends and other family may visit during regular hours.
One or two visitors may stay with the patient following an initial assessment by the physician or nurse practitioner.
For outpatient services on ASU (Ambulatory Services - 2nd Floor in Surgical Services), one or two visitors may stay with the patient.
Parents and/or one family member may stay with the patient.
Intensive Care Unit
Visiting hours are in 20-minute increments at these times:
- 8:30 to 8:50 a.m.
- 11:30 to 11:50 a.m.
- 2:30 to 2:50 p.m.
- 4:30 to 4:50 p.m.
- 8 to 8:20 p.m.
Special arrangements can be made if needed. Visitors may be asked to leave the room during tests or treatments. Smoking is not allowed anywhere in the hospital or on hospital property. Visitors are asked to dress appropriately and must wear shirts and shoes. We ask that no more than two visitors be in a patient's room at one time unless cleared with the nurse or care providers.