Banner Health officials announced today they have further modified visitor restrictions to allow patients at Banner ambulatory settings, such as clinics, surgery centers and urgent cares, to have a companion (family member or friend) accompany them on the visit.
Patient companions are also now permitted at Banner hospitals for patients in the emergency room or receiving outpatient treatment.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the safety of our Banner Health team members, patients and the community has been our number-one focus. With the number of COVID-19 cases appearing to be more manageable, we have the opportunity to re-introduce these patient experience enhancements.
All of these changes are occurring on a systemwide level and will be tied to community COVID-19 positivity rates, the same way we are evaluating our general visitor policy for hospital patients. As COVID-19 positivity rates improve, there will be fewer restrictions.
In keeping with Banner policy, companions will be required to wear masks and undergo a health screening before entering the facility. Last month, Banner Health relaxed visitor restrictions at most of its Arizona hospitals.
Companions are encouraged to review the following guidance:
As a reminder, please do not visit if you feel unwell or are exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19. For more information, visit bannerhealth.com/covid19.
Editor’s note: This press release was submitted by Banner Health.