Samaritan changes rules for emergency support persons

Published: Jan. 9, 2023 at 9:17 AM EST
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WATERTOWN, New York (WWNY) - Samaritan Medical Center has adjusted its policy for accompanying patients in the emergency department.

As of Monday, each emergency patient can designate two support people. Only one of them can be with the patient at a time.

All support people and visitors must be in good health and screened. Masks are required.

SMC says the policy change comes as Covid-19 hospitalization rates have stabilized.

“The entire Covid pandemic we’ve had to look at where we are currently and then what makes the best sense for our patients, our staff, and for our visitors and I think this is one of those changes which just makes sense to expand those visitations and those support persons just a little bit more for improved patient care,” said Leslie DiStefano, director of communication and public relations at SMC.

You can see Samaritan’s full policy here.