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St. Luke's Implementing New Hospital Visitor Measures to Increase Safety

Chesterfield, Mo. , August 20, 2021
As the St. Louis region continues to experience a surge in COVID-19 and rapidly increasing severity of cases, the St. Luke’s Hospital network is implementing new measures to keep its facilities as safe as possible for our patients, visitors and healthcare team. 

Beginning August 23, visitors of hospitalized patients at St. Luke’s Hospital and St. Luke’s Des Peres Hospital will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test result within the past three days (72 hours). Registration and screening for documentation of vaccination or negative test results will take place as visitors arrive at designated entrances. 

This policy does not apply to visitors of patients at St. Luke’s outpatient service areas, physician office visits and urgent care facilities. 

“We recognize the important role that loved ones have in the recovery process of hospitalized patients, and we are committed to doing everything possible to continue safely welcoming visitors into our facilities,” said Diane Ray, RN, FACHE, St. Luke’s senior vice president and network chief nursing officer and St. Luke’s Hospital chief operating officer. “St. Luke’s is a leader in patient safety, and the steps we are taking now will provide added protection for everyone during this especially challenging phase of the pandemic.”

About St. Luke's Hospital:
St. Luke's Hospital is an independent, nonprofit healthcare provider committed to improving the quality of life for its patients and the community. Since its founding in 1866, St. Luke's has grown from a single hospital location to an advanced network of care providing personalized healthcare services in over 60 specialty areas at its 493-bed hospital in Chesterfield, Mo. and 143-bed St. Luke's Des Peres Hospital. It also offers more than 30 other locations across the greater St. Louis area, bringing quality healthcare services close to home. St. Luke's is nationally recognized for high quality and safe care, consistently earning high patient satisfaction scores. In St. Louis, St. Luke's is the exclusive alliance provider for the nation's No. 1 heart hospital, the Cleveland Clinic Heart, Vascular and Thoracic Institute.