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Pet Visitation

We appreciate the power of the companionship of a beloved pet during a time of healing and recovery. It is also our priority to keep all patients and guests safe. If you would like to bring a pet to visit a patient of Jameson Hospital, please review and abide by the defined Personal Pet Visitation policy outlined below. For more information or questions, please contact Cyndee Adamo at (724) 656-4112.

Patient's Personal / Family Pet Visitation Policy

Times of visitation:  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm (Exceptions may be made based on patient condition at the discretion of the Patient Care Manager.)

Areas where visitation will not be permitted include – CCU, Maternity Care, Surgical Services areas, and Emergency Department.

No visits to immune suppressed patients.

Your pet is an important part of your family. Your pet may also play an important role in your recovery from illness or injury. The Patient’s Personal / Family Pet Visitation Policy allows you to visit with your pet, under certain circumstances, during your hospitalization.

You and the person responsible for coordinating your pet’s visit are asked to follow the hospital’s policy. This policy was developed so that your visit with your pet is safe and enjoyable for both of you.

The Patient’s Personal/Family Pet Visitation is coordinated by Security. A Security officer is available twenty-four hours to answer questions and assist you in making preparations to receive a visit from your pet.  Nursing will coordinate any requests with Security.

Direct Threat to Patients, Visitors, or Staff

In the implementation of this policy, any Jameson Hospital employee may make an individualized assessment, based on reasonable judgment that relies on current medical knowledge or on the best available objective evidence, to ascertain: the nature, duration, and severity of the risk to patients, visitors or staff of Jameson Hospital; the probability that the potential injury will actually occur; and whether reasonable modifications of policies, practices, or procedures will mitigate the risk.

Requesting a Visit from your Pet

To request a visit from your pet (dog/cat):

  • Contact Security Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm by calling 724-658-9001. Security will coordinate the visit with the nursing staff. During all other hours, ask your nurse to page the Security officer. Request information needed for a pet visit.
  • The physician must write an order for the pet to visit.
  • Have your Veterinarian complete the Family Pet (Dog/Cat) Visitation Program Health Certificate. Return the form to the Security office at least 24 hours prior to the pet visit.
  • Make sure you have received, completed and returned the Release from Responsibility Waiver: Family Pet (Dog/Cat) Visitation to Security Services.

Visitation may take place preferably in the courtyard or the hospital lobby but may take place in a patient room (private or no roommate in a 2 bedroom).

A Veterinarian certificate of health will be required to be shown to the Security officer prior to the visitation.

Prior to the Hospital Visit

  • Prior to the visit, talk with Security to arrange the date, time and location of the pet visit.
  • Check the pet’s overall health and attitude. Observe the pet prior to a scheduled visit to be sure the pet is feeling well enough for the visit.
  • Bathe and groom the pet within 24 hours prior to the visit. Make sure that the pet is free of fleas and ticks. If your pet is shedding heavily, the pet should wear a coat or t-shirt to reduce shedding and dander. The pet’s nails should be trimmed. Pets are to be crated, if possible, and the crate covered, to reduce exposure to pet hair and dander.
  • If your pet is a dog, walk him or her and encourage urination prior to entering the hospital. Please bring a plastic bag or proper equipment for disposal of waste.
  • Avoid feeding the pet within two (2) hours of the visit.
  • Meet the Security officer at the agreed upon time and location. The Security officer will escort you through a specific entrance and areas of decreased traffic flow to ensure the safety of your pet. If you are unable to keep your appointment to visit, please contact the patient’s nurse and ask that they notify Security.
  • It may be necessary to step off an elevator if it becomes crowded.
  • Your pet is here to visit you; not other patients or visitors.

During the Hospital Visit

  • Be on time for the scheduled visit.
  • Transport the pet in a pet carrier if possible and leash dogs at all times. Throughout the visit, the pet must remain under your supervision at all times. Do not tie the pet to equipment or furniture or hand the leash to other people.
  • Security will post a sign on the door requesting that staff and visitors check with the nurse prior to entering the room.
  • You must always stay with the pet and be in control of the situation.
  • If the pet is going to be placed on the bed, place another sheet (provided for you) on the bed.
  • If the pet has an accident while in the hospital, please clean it up immediately:
  • Soak up pet urine using paper towels and pick up the soaked paper towels or excrement using a plastic bag. Invert the bag, tie securely and place in the trash.
  • Wash your hands immediately.
  • Ask the nursing staff to notify housekeeping.
  • Wash your hands at the end of the visit and before leaving the patient’s room.
  • When you are ready to leave the patient’s room, ask the nurse to page the Security officer who will escort you out of the hospital using designated routes.

Therapy Animals and Companion Animals:

Many individuals with disabilities are comforted and emotionally supported by the presence of a therapy animal or a companion animal. Such animals are not service animals. Therapy animals and companion animals are not required to be allowed on the premises. This policy does not violate the ADA because the ADA does not apply to therapy animals or companion animals used for emotional support.

Therapy and companion animals will fall under the Personal Pet Visitation guidelines, but may have longer or more frequent visits if the physician orders.

PET HEALTH CERTIFICATE download the certificate to complete

Owner’s Name:

 

 

 

 

Telephone Number:

Animal’s Name:

Address:

 

 

Predominant Breed:

City/State/ZIP Code:

 

 

Color(s):

SPECIES

SEX

AGE

SIZE

 

CANINE / FELINE

 

MALE / FEMALE

 

AGE:__________

 

WEIGHT:___________

 

 

At this time this animal was examined by me on _______________________ and it appeared to be free of

contagious skin disease and parasites.

CANINE

FELINE

VACCINATIONS

Date Given

Expires

VACCINATIONS

Date Given

Expires

Distemper

 

 

Distemper

 

 

Rabies

 

 

Rabies

 

 

               

*** If there is a medical condition or other reason determined by your veterinarian, we can accept titers with a letter from your veterinarian stating why the titers were run and that he accepts responsibility for their accuracy. Please attach a copy of the veterinarian’s letter.

 

 

 

Veterinarian’s Signature

 

 

 

Date

 

 

 

License Number

 

 

 

Telephone Number

This certificate is valid for a maximum of 30 days after the veterinary visit.

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