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STRHS Pulaski has announced that it is adding an exception to the zero-visitor protocol to allow a visitor/support person to be with same-day surgery patients as the hospital gradually resumes elective and non-urgent cases and services at its facilities.

“Our hospital’s top priority is safeguarding the health and wellbeing of our patients, providers, employees and community,” STRHS Pulaski CEO Jim Edmondson said. “We continue to monitor closely the prevalence of the virus in our community as we adapt our operations to safely care for and support our patients, and we feel confident that it is safe to have a visitor/support person accompany a same-day surgery patient.”

As part of the updated visitor restrictions, the same-day surgery visitor/support person must meet requirements such as being COVID-19 screened upon arrival, wear a mask, required to stay in the patient’s room until the patient is ready for discharge and understand that if they leave they will not be permitted to re-enter the building, and there is no smoking.

While a same-day surgery visitor/support person is in the patient’s room, they will receive snacks, have free guest Wi-Fi, television and it is suggested they bring reading material, and iPad, smartphone and any additional snack they would want to pass the time.

STRHS Pulaski screens everyone who enters the facility for symptoms consistent with COVID-19, per CDC guidelines.

For additional updates on how the hospital is working to maintain a safe and supportive environment during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit

SouthernTnPulaski.com.

—STRHS Pulaski

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