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Visitor Guidelines

Baptist Cancer Center promotes and supports a patient and family-centered approach to care. Baptist supports each patient or child’s right to have family/support persons/visitors during hospitalization and does not discriminate based upon patient age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, race, color, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, or socioeconomic status or any other class, status or condition protected by law. Baptist acknowledges that patients can experience a healing benefit from the support and compassion of others. Patients also have the right to refuse family/support persons/visitors or may be specific about those they do not want to have in their room.

During this extraordinary time, current and former cancer patients, their families, and their in-home caregivers may need to take extra steps to protect their health. Chemotherapy and other immune system suppressing treatments can make cancer patients more vulnerable to infection. We recommend you follow these guidelines to help keep you, the physicians and our staff safe.

As a preventive measure, all patients and visitors will be asked to wear a mask upon arrival to our facilities Visitation may be restricted or limited for the following reasons by the health care professional:

  1. Any court order limiting or restraining contact;
  2. Behavior presenting a direct risk or threat to the patient, hospital staff, or others in the immediate environment;
  3. Behavior disruptive of the functioning of the patient care unit;
  4. Reasonable limitations on the number of visitors at any one time;
  5. Patient’s risk of infection by visitor;
  6. Visitor’s risk of infection by the patient;
  7. Extraordinary protections because of a pandemic or infectious disease outbreak. All support persons are subject to screening and personal protective equipment requirements. Other communication processes such as electronic and virtual means are considered;
  8. Substance abuse treatment protocols requiring restricted visitation;
  9. Patient’s need for privacy or rest;
  10. Need for privacy or rest by another individual in the patient’s shared room;
  11. Any concern by the health care professional that visitation is not appropriate based upon the emotional and/or physical condition of the patient;
  12. When the patient is undergoing care interventions.

We appreciate your understanding as we take necessary steps to provide our patients with exceptional care during this challenging time.

Specific questions may be directed to your care team via MyChart message or phone call.