CHRISTUS Southeast Texas System Allowing More Visitors at Hospitals, Facilities
June 23, 2021
June 23, 2021 – CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System is taking another gradual step toward allowing more access to our hospital and facilities. We are updating our visitor policy to now allow for two visitors per patient room at a time. Since last fall, the policy allowed patients to have one visitor at a time.
This revision comes as the health system continues to evaluate policies and procedures throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Last month, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System switched to a signage-based screening system, allowing visitors to check their own symptoms upon entering our facilities. The health and safety of our patients, visitors and Associates remain our top priority. As such, we will continue to carefully consider other changes that are critical to our mission and our patients.
“Having family members at the bedside of our patients is so important to addressing both their health and spiritual needs,” said Ryan Miller, Chief Operating Officer, CHRISTUS Southeast Texas Health System. “We are pleased to be able to open our doors to more loved ones of those we are called to serve.”
Bracey Mitchell, a patient who recently gave birth at St. Elizabeth, was able to have her husband and mother with her at the same time because of the updated policy. Speaking about her experience, she said, “It meant the world having the two most important people in my life to be a part of such an important day in my life. As far as my mom, I know watching one of her babies bring life into the world – along with that life being her first grandbaby – really is such a miracle to be a part of. She’s so thankful to the hospital for allowing her to be a part of that day.”
While more visitors are allowed, other COVID-19 precautions remain in place. Foremost, our universal masking policy is still in effect. All visitors are required to wear masks in CHRISTUS Southeast Texas facilities at all times. No additional visitors in waiting areas and no visitors under the age of 18 are allowed. Visiting hours at St. Elizabeth Hospital are from 8:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. on weekdays and 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on weekends and holidays. At Jasper Memorial Hospital, our visitation hours are 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day.