FHN Memorial Hospital has modified its visitor policy to eliminate check-in, visitor badges, and specific visiting hours or nighttime visiting restrictions.
The new policy goes into effect on Saturday, August 31, and affects the entire hospital, except for the Family Birthing Center. Visiting hours there will be from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. in order to accommodate new mothers and babies.
Before 8:00 p.m., visitors must enter through the hospital's atrium and after that, they can go through the Emergency Room reception. Despite the reduced rules, the hospital is still focusing on security.
"No matter how the visitor policy may change, security is always a top priority at FHN Memorial Hospital," Security Supervisor Quincy Carter said. "Hospital staff are trained on a continuous basis to identify and handle security risks, and security personnel are on duty 'round the clock."
The goal of the new policy to make it easier for visitors to spend time with their family and friends in the hospital, which can help with recovery.
For more information on the policy, visit www.fhn.org.
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