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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Statement regarding hospital visitation policy

Franciscan St. Francis Health has as part of its mission to provide the compassionate care and respect of our patients, their families and visitors. As such, our visitation policy applies equally to all people regardless of their orientation.   

It is unfortunate that the current situation has been reported inaccurately in the news media and throughout social media.  Contrary to the reports and social media comments, the significant other of the patient has been granted visitation with the patient regularly since her admission to Franciscan St. Francis.  In addition, the significant other has been provided updates regarding the health status of the patient.  We will continue to provide such access and updates as is our policy. 

Our hospital has worked diligently and sensitively to meet the needs of both the family and the significant other, while at the same time caring for the best interest of the patient.   All are an integral part of the healing process for the patient and Franciscan St. Francis will continue to work with both parties to ensure appropriate care to the patient.  

State and federal laws prohibit us from commenting directly on the patient’s condition, prognosis or related details.  During this difficult time, the family asks that their privacy be respected by the news media and the public.