Letter to inpatients regarding new visitor restrictions

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The following is a letter from Suresh Gunasekaran, Chief Executive Officer, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, and Associate Vice President, University of Iowa Health Care, sent to inpatients on March 14, 2020. 

Dear Patients and Families,

My highest priority is your safety, the safety of your family, and the safety of our staff. University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics is prepared for the challenges that influenza and COVID-19 is presenting in our community. It is no longer possible for us to operate as we normally do (or business as usual), and we must implement additional precautionary measures.

In order to keep my word of ensuring the safety of everyone in our care, I have made the difficult but necessary decision to place additional restrictions for visitors to our hospitals and clinics effective immediately.

I fully recognize that these restrictions may be an inconvenience and a source of frustration, especially at a time when you wish to be with friends or loved ones. I sincerely apologize for any trouble or confusion these restrictions may cause.  We encourage you to stay in touch with patients through phone calls or videoconferencing.

These new restrictions are effective immediately:

  • 1 visitor per day for adult patients
  • 2 visitors per day for pediatric patients (must be a parent or legal guardian)

Visitors must be age 18 or older and healthy. Visitors will be screened when they arrive and asked which patient they are visiting. Some patient care areas may impose additional restrictions to protect the health of our patients, as well.

Please know that we have implemented these new rules for one simple but critically important reason: to keep you, your friends and families, and our staff safe and healthy.

Thank you for your patience and for placing your trust in us, and again my sincere apology for any inconvenience this may cause you.


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Suresh Gunasekaran
Chief Executive Officer, University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics
Associate Vice President, University of Iowa Health Care


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