UPDATE: November 20, 2020

FROM:  Chaplain Cindy Breed

              Lutheran Chaplaincy Outreach Chaplain

              University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

There have been some major changes in the clergy visitation protocol at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics since the November LCO newsletter came out. I wanted to share those changes with you.

Patients may receive religious services or visits from the clergy member of their choice at any reasonable time if it can be provided without disruption to care. In other words, clergy are free to visit, with the following caveats.

The clergy person must be designated by the patient or family member, specifically by name, with the date of visit, to the nurse. This person’s name will put in the computer, and he/she will be approved at the entrance and allowed in the hospital.

Such clergy member will not count as the patient’s visitor under the current visitor restriction guidelines, which generally is one designated visitor a day.

The clergy member will wear a mask at all times and will be screened at the door for temperature and COVID symptoms. Entrances include Fountain Entrance 24/7, Stead Family Entrance 24/7, Ramp 4 Level 2 24/7, Skyway Level 2 5am-9pm, Pomeranz Lobby 5am-7pm.

Clergy members are allowed to visit COVID-19 patients at the bedside, with personal protective equipment.