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No visitors allowed, with few exceptions. All patients and permitted visitors are required to wear a Munson Healthcare-issued mask.

Visitation Restrictions for Kalkaska Memorial Health Center

Updated Visitation Policy (Effective October 27, 2020) 

ALL visitors are prohibited from entering Kalkaska Memorial Health Center, with the following exceptions:

  • Emergency Room/Critical patients: Visitation will be determined by the provider. Approved visitor(s) must remain in the patient’s room at all times.
  • Pediatric patients (21 years of age or younger): One adult primary caregiver (such as a parent, foster parent, or guardian) may accompany a pediatric patient 21 years of age or under.
  • Obstetrics patients: One support person is permitted for ultrasound. Visitors necessary for the provision of medical care for a patient (i.e. visitors who need to understand medical instructions for patients). E.g. dementia, visually impaired. Interpreters assisting with patient communications.
  • Patients at the end of life: Four visitors are permitted when the prognosis is several hours before passing as approved by the Unit Manager. Extenuating circumstances can be reviewed by the administrator on call, the chief medical officer, or the chief nursing officer.
  • Surgical patients: A patient’s driver will remain in their vehicle on the premises throughout the course of care here, however surgery staff will communicate with patient’s care giver via phone/pager with all necessary information. If they need to use the restroom they should enter at the blue awning, there is a restroom close to the door.
  • Individuals performing official governmental functions: Personnel from law enforcement, adult protective services, and other such groups are allowed to enter a patient’s room, but only one at a time.
  • No visitors under the age of 18.

Visitor Screenings and Masking Policies

Visitors who enter any Munson Healthcare facility will be screened. Please be prepared to answer questions about your current health. Also, visitors will be asked to provide their name and phone number for contact tracing purposes.

If you are allowed inside this facility, you will need to wear a Munson Healthcare-issued mask for the entirety of your visit. Personal masks may not be worn. Visitors must go directly to and from the patient’s room. Cafeterias are off limits to visitors at this time.

Every individual must wash hands or use alcohol sanitizer before and after leaving any rooms as well as the Munson Healthcare facility.

Some departments, patient populations, clinics and practices require additional precautions, so please call ahead.

What you need to know if you are allowed entry as a visitor:

  • You will be issued a Munson Healthcare earloop facemask and bag.
  • At the screener station, sanitize your hands and put on your facemask. If you are a returning visitor, please sanitize your hands before taking your mask out of the bag and sanitize your hands after you put the mask on your face.
  • Wear the mask at all times during your visit except when eating or drinking. When taking your mask off to eat or drink, place your mask in your bag and sanitize your hands. When you are done eating, sanitize your hands, take it out of the bag, put the mask back on your face, and sanitize your hands again.
  • Do not wear your mask around your neck or pull this under your chin at any time, including while eating or drinking.
  • If you will be returning to the facility, remove your mask at the screener station, put the mask back in your bag and sanitize your hands. 
  • Every individual must wash hands or use alcohol sanitizer before and after leaving any rooms as well as the Munson Healthcare facility.  Go directly to and from the patient unit. Visitors are not allowed to use the waiting rooms or café.
  • People accompanying a patient should be in good health; if a companion is feeling ill or sick, they will not be able to enter the facility unless they are seeking treatment.
  • We do not allow anyone to visit patients who has a confirmed or possible case of COVID-19; this includes patients who are awaiting COVID-19 test results from a local health department, State of Michigan, and CDC.
  • We understand that connecting with family members is incredibly important, and there are a variety of other ways you might consider connecting with them. These may include telephone, email, text, or through Skype, FaceTime, or Facebook.