BRMC, OGH to ease visitation

The Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital will ease its visitor restrictions starting Wednesday, June 16.

Mask requirements remain in effect in all hospital facilities, regardless of vaccination status.

“While we’re pleased the vaccination rate in Pennsylvania and New York has reached a level where Gov. Wolf and Gov. Cuomo felt restrictions could safely be lifted, as a hospital system, we will continue to practice safety measures to protect our patients and the community,” said Jeff Zewe, president and CEO of the Bradford Regional Medical Center and Olean General Hospital.

Both facilities will continue to allow two visitors for the duration of the inpatient’s stay, as determined by the patient, but will extend hours from noon to 6 p.m.daily. Visitors may rotate but two visitors per patient will be allowed in the room. This rule will be strictly enforced.

Visitors must remain in the patient’s room for the duration of their visit unless otherwise directed by staff. Visitors should have identification, must be 12 years of age, must wear a mask regardless of vaccination status and will be screened for COVID symptoms including a temperature check prior to entering the hospital. Visitors will be reminded to wash their hands and use alcohol-based hand sanitizer frequently, especially before and after entering a patient’s room.

Dialysis patients may have one support person wait in a designated waiting area. Obstetrics patients will be allowed two support persons and one designated doula during the stay. Pediatric patients will be allowed two support persons during the stay. Emergency department patients will be allowed the same one visitor during the triage phase and in the patient room during the ED stay. Limited visits are permitted at the Pavilion at BRMC; to schedule a family visit, call 814-362-8293.

As required by the state, all visitor contact information will be documented upon entrance to the hospital. Visitation will not be permitted for COVID/COVID suspected patients, the hospitals’ behavioral health units, outpatient testing/physician practices.

Exceptions will be made, on a case-by-case basis, for end of life/palliative care and other special circumstances as determined by the nurse manager. Specific policies are in place as determined by state

For more information on visitation, visit www.brmc-ogh.org.


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