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SGMC Updated Visitation Policy and Guidelines

Posted on: March 24th, 2020

South Georgia Medical Center is taking additional steps to protect patients, family members, staff and the community from the transmission and community spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus.

What you can expect when you arrive


Visitors can expect to receive a temperature screening and be asked the following questions:

  • Do you have respiratory symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath?
  • Have you been in contact with someone known or suspected to have COVID-19 within the last 14 days?

If you have a temperature of 100.0 or above and answer “yes” to any of the above questions, you will not be allowed to visit.

Patients, visitors, and staff are required to wear a surgical grade mask provided by the screening station upon entrance and while inside the facility.

Additional Visitation Guidelines

  • No visitors will be allowed for patients under investigation or testing for COVID-19; or who are in an infectious disease unit.
  • No visitors on Medical/Surgical Units except for special considerations.
  • No visitors on Intensive Care Units except for special considerations.
  • No visitors for Emergency Department patients, except for special considerations.
  • One accompanying person for Surgery patients, except for special considerations.
  • One designated caregiver for Pediatric patients.
  • Two designated partners or support persons at birth in Labor and Delivery.
  • One caregiver for patients after delivery in Post Partum.

Visitors will be allowed under these special considerations:

  • Patient who is at end-of-life may have two immediate family members.
  • Minor patients under the age of 18 may have one visitor (parent or guardian).
  • Patients who have behavioral health needs or developmental delays (where caregiver provides safety) may have one visitor.

  • We strongly discourage visitors over the age of 70 with chronic health conditions.
  • Visitors will be issued a visitor badge and must use hand sanitizer upon entering and exiting the hospital and patient rooms.
  • Exceptions to these restrictions may be granted by the patient’s care team.

Visitor Entrances

The main entrance to the hospital has been moved to the parking deck entrance. Other entrances are identified in the map below.

  • Parking Deck: Open 24/7
  • Emergency: Open 24/7
  • Dasher Heart Center/Outpatient: Open M-F, 4:30am-8:30pm
For your safety and the safety of others, do not enter the building if you are feeling sick unless you are seeking medical care.

SGMC Berrien Campus

  • All guidelines above.
  • Visitors can only enter through the main lobby.
  • No visitors allowed in the Dogwood Senior Health Center GPU.

SGMC Lanier Campus

  • All guidelines above.
  • Visitors can only enter through the main lobby.
  • Visitation Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-8pm and Saturday-Sunday, 9-11am and 5-7pm
  • No visitors allowed in the SGMC Lakeland Villa.

South Georgia Medical Center will continue to update its website based on the latest events related to the COVID-19. This page was last updated on Wednesday, March 24, 2020.