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Current Visitation Policy

Visitation policies have changed at our hospitals, nursing homes and practices due to COVID-19.

Please protect the health and safety of our patients, residents, and employees by adhering to the following guidelines:

See current visitation policy specific to Morristown-Hamblen Healthcare System


All visitors are screened for COVID-19 symptoms and are required to wear masks. Visitors are asked to remain in the room with the patient and limit travel inside the hospital to the cafeteria and vending machine areas.

Specifics for each patient area include:

  • Inpatients: Patient may have one visitor at a time during their stay.
  • Isolation patients, including suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients: Visitation is limited to one visitor who is essential to the patient’s care. If visitation is allowed, the visitor should remain in the room and wear appropriate PPE.
  • Labor and delivery patients: Mothers may have two designated visitors during their stay who may visit in the room at the same time.
  • Emergency department patients: One designated visitor per patient.
  • Day Surgery, ambulatory and outpatients: Visitation is limited to one visitor who is determined to be essential to the patient’s care.
  • Patients with disabilities: Provisions will be made to ensure designated support persons are authorized to stay and/or visit patients with disabilities.
  • Clergy: in-person clergy visits will be permitted at the request of patients or a patient’s family provided clergy members follow hospital safety and patient care requirements.
  • Minors currently are not permitted to visit in our hospitals. 

Updated December 3, 2020

Nursing Homes

  • ONLY visitors essential for end-of-life care may enter.
  • NO ONE with any illness (fever, cough, shortness of breath, etc.) should enter our facility.

We are working with the state of Tennessee to manage COVID-19 testing of our residents and employees, and are developing guidelines for future visitation at Claiborne Health and Rehabilitation Center, Fort Sanders Sevier Nursing Home and Fort Sanders Regional’s Transitional Care Unit. Our utmost goal is to protect the health and safety of our residents, and we will communicate changes to the guidelines when we can safely welcome visitors.

Medical Practices

You should attend appointments alone unless a support person is essential to your treatment or care, such as:

  • If you have physical mobility issues or speech/comprehension complications
  • If you need assistance after a procedure