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Visitation Policies: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Posted on March 19, 2020

Staying healthy and keeping those around you healthy should be your number one priority.  But if you become ill and need medical care, LeConte Medical Center will be there to treat you – but we need a little help from you.  As usual, if you are experiencing a medical emergency, please go to your nearest emergency room immediately or call 9-1-1.

Entrance restrictions

If you are coming to LeConte Medical Center as a patient or a guest, please know we have limited our entry into the hospital so that our team is able to screen everyone for travel history, fever or respiratory symptoms.

Public access to the hospital is now restricted to the Main Lobby (open 6 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday – Friday) and the Emergency Department entrance (open 24 hours).

Visitation restrictions and guidelines:

To ensure the health and safety of our staff, visitors will no longer be allowed in the hospital beginning March 21, 2020. Exceptions include:

  • Visiting a loved one for end-of-life care
  • A visitor vital to the care of the patient
  • Patients coming for surgery or testing may have one caregiver accompany them
  • Women giving birth may have one birthing partner, doula or caregiver

Again, screening rules apply to all who enter. If you are exhibiting symptoms such as fever, coughing or breathing issues, you will be asked to reschedule your appointment and encouraged to follow up with your primary care provider.

Dolly Parton Birthing Center visitation:

  • Women giving birth may have ONE birthing partner, doula or caregiver

Fort Sanders Sevier Nursing Home visitation:

  • ONLY family members of residents receiving end-of-life care may enter our facility.

To learn more:

For more information about COVID 19, please visit our website for a link to a special coronavirus page with current updates, frequently asked questions, information about how to protect yourself and your loved ones, and links to trusted resources like the CDC and Tennessee Department of Health.

Thank you

Please know we are actively working with local, state and federal agencies to provide our community the best care in response to this evolving situation.  Thank you for understanding our new restrictions are in place for the safety of our patients, staff and you.

Help us help you and our entire community by following these protective measures.  By working together we can help stop the spread of coronavirus – and SAVE LIVES!