Bassett Medical Center visitation pilot program


COOPERSTOWN, NY (WUTR-TV) — 16 healthcare facilities across New York State will take part in a two week ‘hospital visitation pilot’ program, including Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown starting Tuesday, May 26th.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced on Tuesday, May 19th, that the Greater New York Hospital Association and the Healthcare Association of New York State are implementing the two-week long program. The program will allow increased visitation opportunities for family members to maintain contact with their loved ones while in the hospital.

“These are patients that are in the hospital for many things, including covid positive patients, or patients who are currently ruling out meaning their test is not back yet, but they may have it. The pilot allows the pathway for visitations in both those scenarios,” says Ronette Wiley, Chief Operating Officer at the Cooperstown Medical Center.

In accordance with the New York State Department of Health pilot visitation program for hospitalized patients, visitors are allowed at Bassett Medical Center under the following conditions:

  • Visitation hours are limited to 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Visitors will be screened (e.g. fever, sore throat, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, diarrhea).
  • Individuals with temperatures > 100.0ْF and/or symptoms related to COVID-19 within the prior 14 days will not be able to visit.
  • Visitors may visit only one-at-a-time.
  • Visitors are limited to two people per patient each day.  They should be greater than 18 years of age, except in rare situations approved by the clinical team.
  • Total time for visitors per patient, per day cannot exceed the four-hour maximum.
  • Once in the hospital, visitors must remain in the patient’s room throughout the visit.
  • Visitors will be asked to perform meticulous hand hygiene and instructed on how to wear the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) throughout their visit. 
  • Visitors will wear a mask at all times while in the building.
  • Visitors must adhere to safe care procedures, including careful hand hygiene and appropriate PPE, throughout their visit.

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