July 4, 2013

AMC restricts access to hospital

SARANAC LAKE — New measures to enhance safety and privacy for patients and visitors at Adirondack Medical Center are now in effect.

All entrances to AMC, which is a member of Adirondack Health, and the Redfield Medical Office Building will be locked at the conclusion of visiting hours at 9 p.m.

Entrance to the hospital through the Main Lobby will be controlled through secured doors from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. weekdays and on weekends and holidays.

Over the past several months, AMC has enhanced the safety and privacy of the Obstetrics Department by securing the unit. Similar measures have been implemented in the Emergency Department and the pharmacy.

“We are fortunate to live in a small, safe community,” Chandler Ralph, president and CEO of Adirondack Health, said in a news release. “We also live in a caring community, which is why a visit from a family member or friend is such an important part of a patient’s stay at the hospital. We want to make sure this continues to happen without sacrificing the safety or privacy of patients and visitors.”

Visitors wishing to see patients outside of normal visiting hours, on weekends and holidays can check in at the registration area in the main lobby near the ER entrance.

They will be asked to sign a guest log before being granted access to the patient floors of the hospital.

Visitors who are waiting in the main lobby and Intensive Care Unit waiting room during overnight hours will have access to restrooms and vending machines.

“The presence of a family member or loved one can be calming and beneficial during a patient’s hospital stay,” Chief Nursing Officer Margaret Sorensen said in a statement.

“Our goal is to be certain that our patients and visitors are safe while maintaining the warm and personalized healing environment Adirondack Health is known for.”

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