FHN Begins To Ease Visitor Restrictions

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — In the wake of reduced COVID-19 case numbers in the area, FHN is easing visitor restrictions for all of its locations. The changes go into effect today.

Out of an abundance of caution and to protect the health of our patients, staff, and community, hospitalized patients with diagnosed COVID-19 or in droplet isolation still are not allowed visitors. Other visitors at FHN Memorial Hospital are permitted as follows:

  • Hospital patients in the ICU and wings 4 East, 3 East, 3 North, and 2 North are allowed one visitor per day (7 days a week) between 11 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
  • Emergency Room patients may have one designated support person per visit or two parents or guardians for patients under age 18.
  • Patients in the FHN Family Birthing Center are allowed one designated support person per day.
  • Pediatric patients under the age of 18 may have two parents or guardians per day.
  • Hospital outpatients are allowed one designated support person per visit or two parents or guardians for patients under age 18. Visiting hours are based on the time of procedure.
  • Masks must be worn throughout the hospital, and visitors must remain in the patient’s room at all times. No visitors under age 18 are permitted.

Please visit the main registration desk during business hours if you have questions, or the check-in desk in the ED after hours or for ED questions.

Office Practices

Patients at all of FHN’s office practices are allowed one designated support person per visit, or two parents or guardians for patients under age 18. (No visitors under the age of 18 are permitted.) Masks must be worn throughout the visit, and visitors must remain in the patient’s room.

FHN, a not-for-profit organization with nearly 1,200 employees, is an award-winning regional healthcare system committed to the health and well-being of the people of northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin. FHN Memorial Hospital has been recognized as one of the state’s top hospitals for safety by the Leapfrog group and Healthgrades as well as by the world’s largest, completely independent, non-profit product- and service-testing organization. FHN caregivers serve an average of 1,500 people each day across FHN’s 19 locations in 5 counties spanning northwest Illinois. Organized in 1995 as an integrated healthcare delivery system, FHN is comprised of FHN Memorial Hospital, the Leonard C. Ferguson Cancer Center at FHN Memorial Hospital, 13 family healthcare centers offering primary and specialty medical care, hospice, and outpatient mental health services. For more information about FHN, please visit www.fhn.org.