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Hendrick reopens limited visitation to churches

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Hendrick reopens limited visitation to churches

In 1924, Hendrick Health began with the dream of a local pastor, Millard Jenkins. He wanted a hospital where community members would receive quality healthcare, and be close to home where they could receive spiritual support from their family, friends and church. For almost a century, visitation by members of local congregations has been part of the daily routine at Hendrick Health. That was until COVID-19 arrived.

To keep patients, employees and the community safe, Hendrick implemented visitation restrictions. And that meant clergy were unable to visit hospitalized members of their congregations.

As mandates have begun to loosen, Hendrick Health has rolled out a plan to once again allow clergy visitation privileges at all three of its campuses. While open entry into the hospital remains prohibited, each church can send a designated minister/pastor/clergy to visit hospitalized church members.

One badge is issued to each congregation, allowing one minister or other staff member to visit at a time. After individuals have been screened at a dedicated screening station, they are granted clearance to all open areas of the hospital. Masks are required.

Any minister or church who did not receive an invitation letter for this new program can call the Mission and Ministry Department at 325-670-2256 to order a badge.