Visitor Restrictions - updated March 16
All routine visiting at the hospitals will be suspended until the transmission of COVID-19 is no longer a threat to our patients, staff and community.
The decision to restrict visitors was difficult and made only after careful consideration as we witness schools, churches and other venues restrict gatherings to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
We recognize that there are times when having a visitor or family member present is crucial. In these cases, visitors will be allowed based on the exceptions listed below.
Please note in all cases a visitor will only be allowed if they do not have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever (100.4 or greater) cough, shortness of breath). Additionally, children under the age of 16 will not be allowed except under extraordinary circumstances.
- Obstetric patients may have one partner and one birth support person accompany them.
- Nursery and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients may have one birth parent plus one significant other who must remain in the room for the duration of the visit.
- St. Luke’s patients who are at the end-of-life may have two visitors.
- Mercy patients at end-of-life may have visitors assessed on a case-by-case basis.
- Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care, may have one visitor.
- Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (where caregiver provides safety) may have one visitor.
- Minors under the age of 18 may have one visitor, parents, or guardians.
- Patients undergoing surgery or procedures may have one visitor who must leave the hospital as soon as possible after the procedure/surgery.
- Patients who have an appointment at a Mercy or St. Luke’s hospital-based clinic, laboratory, or radiology, as well as those visiting the Emergency Room (ER), may have one person with them.
- All Birth Care tours and classes are postponed until further notice, with the exception of St. Luke’s C-Section Class, this will still take place.
Visitors allowed must stay in the patients room the entire time of the visit. Once the visitor leaves the patient room, they must leave the hospital.
Please note that visitors will not be allowed for patients with a pending or positive COVID-19 test.
We appreciate your understanding during these uncertain times. Our goal is to protect our patients, staff and the community.
Patients and visitors should use our complimentary valet parking and enter through our West Entrance. An information desk is located immediately through the main entrance double doors.
Sending a gift
It's easy to order flowers or a gift or a greeting online for patients at St. Luke's.
St. Luke's believes having visitors and family present during
hospitalization may help patients in their recovery. In addition, we
recognize the rights of patients to have visitors while they are
hospitalized. Visitors are typically welcome from 5 a.m. - 8 p.m., although some
units may have more limited visiting policies that meet the need of
their patients. In addition, we observe a quiet time
from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m. each day.
Visiting from out of town and need a place to stay
If you're looking for accommodations close to the hospital, rooms and
suites in a variety of price ranges are available throughout the Cedar
Rapids area. Several facilities have a special rate available for
families of patients. Download the hotel listing from the Cedar Rapids Tourism Office.