CHI Health to allow visitors to return to hospitals

Staff Writer
Nebraska City News-Press

Starting Friday, June 12, CHI Health will relax hospital visitation restrictions at all of its facilities. Each patient will now be allowed one healthy, adult visitor at any given time. Nearly three months ago, visitation restrictions were put in place, gradually stepping-down to the current no-visitor policy which has been in place since March 31.

Visitors to CHI Health facilities will still need to be screened for symptoms upon arrival and will be required to wear a mask at all times. Visitors can wear their own cloth mask or will be provided a mask at the screening station.

Additional visitors are allowed in the following circumstances:

Minor patients including NICU and newborns are allowed up to two parents/guardians at a time

Patients receiving end-of-life care may be allowed more than one visitor as determined by the patient’s representatives and care team

On a case-by-case basis, visits by minors may be allowed at the discretion of the patient’s care team

With the allowance of one visitor per patient, CHI Health will continue to follow stringent policies and procedures to make sure the hospital remains a safe environment. Visitors are asked to stay home if they’re feeling ill or experiencing symptoms.

About CHI Health

CHI Health is a regional health network with a unified mission: nurturing the healing ministry of the Church while creating healthier communities. Headquartered in Omaha, the combined organization consists of 14 hospitals, two stand-alone behavioral health facilities, more than 150 employed physician practice locations and more than 10,000 employees in Nebraska and southwestern Iowa.

In fiscal 2019, CHI Health invested more than $185 million back into our communities. The majority of those dollars went to caring for the poor and underserved.

CHI Health is part of CommonSpirit Health, a nonprofit, Catholic health system dedicated to advancing health for all people. It was created in February 2019 through the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. CommonSpirit Health is committed to creating healthy communities, delivering exceptional patient care, and ensuring every person has access to quality health care. With its national office in Chicago and a team of approximately 150,000 employees and 25,000 physicians and advanced practice clinicians, CommonSpirit Health operates 142 hospitals and more than 700 care sites across 21 states. In FY 2018, Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health had combined revenues of $29.2 billion and provided $4.2 billion in charity care, community benefit, and unreimbursed government programs.