VA Loma Linda Healthcare System
COVID-19 Update: April 1, 2020
In order to protect our hospitalized Veterans, their families and our staff, VA Loma Linda Healthcare System is taking the necessary steps to reduce the potential spread of the COVID-19 virus. As a result, we are implementing the following temporary precautions:
Suspension of Visitor Hours
All visits to the facility are suspended until further notice. We recognize connecting with loved ones is a critical part of any treatment plan, and we encourage the use of cell phones to stay connected.
- Long-Term Care (Community Living Center/Hospice): No visitation is authorized at this time. Exceptions may be made for end-of-life situations.
- Inpatient Areas: Visitors are limited to those who have medical power of attorneys, are health care proxies or health care surrogates for Veterans who are incapacitated and unable to make their own decisions, when phone consent cannot be obtained, and in end-of-life situations.
- No visitations are authorized for inpatients who are Presumptive or Confirmed Positive COVID-19.
- Outpatient Visits: Only one caregiver per Veteran will be allowed to enter the Medical Center for those Veterans that REQUIRE assistance.
VA General Visitation Policy
The medical center respects the patient's right to make decisions about his or her care, treatment and services, and to involve the patient's family in care, treatment, and services decisions to the extent permitted by the patient or surrogate decision-maker. "Family" is defined as a group of two or more persons united by blood, or adoptive, martial, domestic partnership, or other legal ties. The family may also be a person or persons not legally related to the individual (such as significant other, friend or caregiver) whom the individual considers to be family. A family member may be the surrogate decision-maker, as defined in VHA Handbook 1004.02, if authorized to make care decisions for the individual, should he or she lose decision-making capacity or choose to delegate decision making to another. The medical center allows a family member, friend or other individual to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of stay. The medical center allows for the presence of a support individual of the patient's choice, unless the individual's presence infringes on other's rights or safety, or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated. The individual may or may not be the patient's surrogate decision-maker or legally authorized representative. The hospital prohibits discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.