LVHN Implements New Outpatient Visitation Policy for Oncology Patients During COVID-19 Outbreak
Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) continues to take unprecedented, temporary measures to keep our staff and patients safe during the COVID-19 outbreak. As a result, visitors are not permitted to accompany patients undergoing outpatient infusion or radiation oncology treatments except under these special circumstances:
If the patient requires assistance getting to the registration area, someone may escort the patient. Staff will then take the patient back to receive treatment.
If the patient has an extreme medical condition and/or cannot be left alone, a visitor may accompany staff.
Those driving patients to receive treatment are encouraged to either go home or wait in their car. We ask that the driver make sure the person being dropped off has the driver’s phone number. Cancer colleagues will contact the driver when the patient’s treatment is finished.
This visitation policy is effective March 20 at the following LVHN locations:
Stay up to date
Review LVHN’s “No Visitation, No Access” policy that went into effect March 15, to help protect the health of patients and health care providers. For ongoing updates and more information, visit LVHN.org/covid19.
Lehigh Valley Health Network includes eight hospital campuses, three in Allentown, one in Bethlehem, one in East Stroudsburg, one in Hazleton and two in Pottsville, Pa.; Coordinated Health, which includes two hospital campuses, nearly two dozen multispecialty locations including ambulatory surgery centers and orthopedic injury centers in northeastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey; 26 health centers; numerous primary and specialty care physician practices; 20 ExpressCARE including the area’s only Children’s ExpressCARE; pharmacy, imaging, home health, rehabilitation, and lab services; and preferred provider services through Valley Preferred. Specialty care includes trauma care for adults and children, burn care at the Regional Burn Center, kidney and pancreas transplants; perinatal/neonatal, cardiac, cancer, orthopedics, neurology, complex neurosurgery capabilities including national certification as a Comprehensive Stroke Center, and robotic surgery in 10 specialties. Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute, Lehigh Valley Heart Institute, and Lehigh Valley Institute for Surgical Excellence physicians provide the most advanced treatments. The Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute is a member of the Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Cancer Alliance, an initiative that helps community providers improve the quality of cancer care and offers access to MSK clinical trials. Lehigh Valley Reilly Children’s Hospital, the community’s only children’s hospital, provides care in more than 30 specialties and general pediatrics. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest is the region’s only hospital nationally ranked by U.S. News & World Report for orthopedics and has been recognized among Pennsylvania’s top five hospitals for six consecutive years. Lehigh Valley Hospital–Cedar Crest, Lehigh Valley Hospital–17th Street and Lehigh Valley Hospital–Muhlenberg are the region’s only Magnet® hospitals for nursing excellence. Additional information is available by visiting LVHN.org, or following us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.