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Changes to GRH visitor policy effective 11-13-20

Corporate news | Thursday, November 12, 2020

Contact: Mardi Ford

Grande Ronde Hospital and Clinics has announced a proactive stance to support Governor Brown’s call for a Two-Week Pause in Union County. In order to do our part to slow the current community-wide spread of COVID-19 in Union County, we are proactively implementing the following change to current visitor restrictions. Basically, we are returning to the earlier restrictions we had implemented last August by allowing one visitor at a time per patient during hospital visiting hours and clinic hours of operations. We hope that by voluntarily stepping back into the earlier phase with regards to visitors, we can aid the efforts to stop or slow the current spread of COVID-19 in Union County.

Effective Friday, November 13:

  • All patients may have one visitor while being seen in our clinics, or when admitted into the hospital, or for hospital-based outpatient services such as ultrasound, etc.
  • Visitors are limited to one adult (18 and older) per patient who meets screening criteria and who also complies with the facility’s infection control measures.
  • Visitors/support persons have limited access to our facilities, and must wear a mask and go through the screening process.

EXCEPTIONS to the above restrictions for “Special Circumstances” per state regulations guarantee the following individuals are allowed to enter the facility, even if the individuals do not meet screening criteria, IF the individuals are compliant with the facility’s requirements regarding personal protective equipment and other infection control measures, and that they do not pose a separate safety risk as determined by the facility:

  • A caregiver or attendant of a patient who needs assistance due to a language barrier or the patient’s disability, whether that disability is physical, developmental, intellectual, cognitive, behavioral or is related to altered mental status or communication, whose presence will assist the person with the disability in receiving treatment, ensure the safety of the patient or facility staff, or who must assist with activities of daily living.
  • A close family member of a patient undergoing end-of-life care as determined by the medical provider in charge of the patient’s care.
  • A parent or legal guardian of a hospitalized child. If one parent or legal guardian meets screening criteria but the other does not, only the parent or legal guardian who meets screening criteria must be guaranteed access.


Grande Ronde Hospital, Inc. is a state and nationally recognized and award winning not-for-profit health system that includes a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and 12 outpatient clinics. We are located in Union County, Oregon, serving our base population of more than 25,000 residents, as well as providing services for the greater Eastern Oregon region. Since 1907, Grande Ronde Hospital has led this region in efforts to stabilize and secure rural health care services for the communities we serve, while also working to improve the quality of life of all our residents. Today we employ more than 700 people, all dedicated to providing quality health care services to our patients. We offer a broad range of diagnostic, surgical and therapeutic outpatient services, a Level IV Trauma Emergency Services Department, a Family Birthing Center; Physical, Occupational and Speech Rehabilitation Therapy and Sports Medicine Services, and Home Care Services providing both home health and hospice care needs. We also operate 12 primary and specialty care clinics: the Cardiology Clinic, the Dermatology Clinic, the Elgin Clinic, the Hematology & Oncology Clinic, the Neurology Clinic, the Regional Medical Clinic, the Sleep Clinic, the Specialty Clinic (General Surgery, Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, Otolaryngology (ENT), and Urology), the Walk-In Clinic, the Wound Care Clinic, the Union Clinic, and the Women’s & Children’s Clinic (Gynecology, Obstetrics and Pediatrics). For more information, please visit