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Visiting and Visiting Hours

Akron Children’s Hospital is taking steps to reduce the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the community. We are:

  • Limiting entry points at the Akron and Boardman campuses in order to ask screening questions and take the temperature of patients, visitors and staff.
  • Monitoring the temperature of patients, visitors and staff. Thermal scanners are being used at the Akron and Mahoning Valley campuses and regional health centers – and a temperature will only be taken to validate a result above 100.4 degrees. Temperatures will be taken at other Akron Children’s facilities. 
  • Giving surgical masks to all Akron Children’s employees working on-site to provide protection against COVID-19.
  • Asking everyone coming to any Akron Children's facility to wear a mask or cloth face covering, excluding kids under age 2 and patients with sensory issues. Akron Children’s will provide fabric or paper masks to visitors who need them.

NEW VISITOR RESTRICTIONS ARE IN EFFECT

  • Effective May 20: Inpatients may have up to 2 adult caregivers designated as visitors for their hospital stay, and both are permitted at the bedside. For patients in isolation who are under investigation or confirmed to have COVID-19, only one caregiver will be permitted at the bedside. Additional restrictions may apply in our intensive care units, the burn unit and hematology/oncology floor.
  • For surgery, 2 adult caregivers are allowed to bring the patient and remain in the hospital throughout surgery. You will be instructed on specific visitation upon admission for surgery.
  • For outpatient visits, only 1 caregiver may accompany the patient in most areas. The following exceptions apply: 2 adult caregivers for newborn visits; an additional caregiver may be present if required by the patient’s condition/care, and only the patient is to come to Maternal Fetal Medicine appointments.
  • For the emergency room or urgent care, 1 adult caregiver may be with the child. 
  • Visitors must be 18 or older unless the under 18 visitor is the parent/guardian of a patient. Siblings are not permitted.
  • Everyone visiting an Akron Children’s facility is asked to wear masks or face coverings, except for kids under 2 or those with sensory issues. Masks will be provided for visitors who do not bring their own.

For consideration of exceptions not covered here, please talk to your child’s provider.

Restrictions to Protect our Patients, Visitors and Employees

  • No weapons are allowed. Weapons including firearms, knives, and other dangerous items such as illegal drugs are not permitted, even if you have a concealed carry weapon permit. 
  • Perfume and scented products can cause breathing problems and allergic reactions. Please do not wear these products when visiting.

Visitor Passes

All visitors must wear a visitor badge or patient bracelet at all times to visit a patient. These passes are color-coded by floor and valid for one calendar day. Weekly passes are also available.

Passes are issued at the information desks.

Akron campus:

  • Main Hospital Building entrances at the 3rd floor Atrium lobby, 3rd floor Locust lobby and 2nd floor Bowery lobby
  • Kay Jewelers Pavilion at the 1st and 3rd floor lobbies
  • From 5 a.m.- 9 p.m., 7 days a week.
  • When the desks are closed, a security officer will let you in the hospital and give you a visitor’s pass.

Beeghly campus in Boardman:

  • Building D entrance
  • From 8 a.m. -7 p.m., 7 days a week.
  • When the desks are closed, go to the nursing station:
    • Pediatric unit on the 3rd floor of Building D
    • Special care nursery on the 2nd floor of Building D

Inform your child’s nurse if you see someone on the floor without a visitor’s pass or a hospital ID badge.