Uniontown Hospital will begin extending visiting hours to 9:30 p.m. on Monday, in an effort to afford additional time for patients to visit with loved ones.
The new visiting hours will begin daily at 10 a.m. and provide an extra hour and a half in the evenings for families to engage in this critical part of the healing process.
“We recognize the vital importance that family support and interaction plays in healing and these new hours are reflective of our commitment to providing the best opportunities for the health and recovery of our patients,” Uniontown Hospital CEO Steve Handy said. “We truly are friends, neighbors and family caring for friends, neighbors and family and this change allows us another way to help meet the needs of our patients and their loved ones.”
While the extension is being implemented to give families additional time to see their hospitalized loved ones, the move also is meant to ensure that the overnight hours are as restful as possible for patients.
“Getting rest is critical to our patients’ health and we are dedicated to providing what is best for them, always” Handy said. He noted that the nighttime hours also give visiting families a chance to rest and rejuvenate.
The new visitation hours will be posted throughout the facility.
Overnight visitation will still be permitted, but will be coordinated by Uniontown Hospital Police.
Hospital officials said that any visitor at the hospital after 9:30 p.m. will be required to register with police and be issued a visitor’s pass.
“We want to ensure the safety of all of our patients, staff and visitors each night and this provides a method for identifying everyone in our building overnight,” Handy said. “Providing safe, exceptional care is our mission and this new visitation policy will help us continue to do that.”