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Current patient and visitor guidelines

The safety of our patients, team members, and community is our highest priority. Please do not come to visit someone in the hospital if you are sick or if anyone in your household is sick.

We know that having a loved one with you when you are sick or in the hospital is an important part of the healing process. With your help, we take every precaution to ensure the safety of our patients, visitors, and our team members. Your cooperation, assistance, and patience are sincerely appreciated.

January 13, 2022 UPDATE:

In light of the current surge in COVID cases and the transmission rate associated with the Omicron variant, T.J. Regional Health is updating the visitor policy at both hospitals until further notice.

Effective immediately, T.J. Samson Community Hospital and T.J. Health Columbia will allow only ONE visitor for most patients in our hospitals during normal visiting hours. Visitation for patients in the Skilled Nursing Unit, the COVID unit and end-of-life situations remain unchanged.

As a reminder, visitors and those seeking treatment are required wear a mask that completely and properly covers their nose and mouth during their entire time in the hospital or in any of T.J.’s healthcare facilities.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work to protect our patients, visitors, team members, providers and the community. We appreciate your continued support.


Visitors for non-COVID patients: Most patients are allowed one visitor or support persons aged 16 or older at T.J. Samson and T.J. Health Columbia. Visitors must stay in the patient's room.

Visitors for COVID Patients: We offer limited, scheduled visits for the primary contact(s) of our COVID inpatients. COVID inpatients may have up to two visitors, one time per day, for 15 minute intervals. Visits are available Monday – Friday at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 2 p.m. COVID patients’ visitors must be 16 or older, not be under quarantine or isolation, and must wear the personal protective equipment supplied by the hospital. Visits must be scheduled in advance by calling 270.651.4556. The visitation team reserves the right to limit access to any patient's room if it is in the best interest of our patients, staff and providers.



Regular Visiting Hours: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. daily (limited to one visitor in most cases)

ICU Visiting Hours: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. - 5 p.m. daily (limited to one visitor)

COVID Visiting Hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. or 2 p.m. Call 270.651.4556 to schedule. (limited to two visitors)

Emergency Department: One visitor allowed for most patients. COVID patients are not allowed visitors in the Emergency Department.

Women and Newborn Care: Visiting hours are 7AM to 7PM. Only primary support person is allowed to stay after visiting hours.



Please note that the guidelines and restrictions are subject to change at any time, and as situations arise, staff members may restrict visitation further and without notice, if it is in the best interest of patients.

  • It is imperative that you do not come to visit someone in the hospital if you are sick.
  • Visitors must be 16 or older with the exception of our Skilled Nursing Unit.
  • No overnight visitors are allowed. Exceptions may be made on a case by case basis such as a parent staying with a pediatric patient or a support person with an OB patient.
  • Those who are visiting an inpatient at T.J. Samson must enter through the South Entrance. Those visiting an inpatient at T.J. Health Columbia will enter through the Emergency Department.
  • If an Emergency Room patient is suspected of having COVID-19, no visitors will be allowed in the patient's room until the patient has tested negative. Visitors may not "switch in and out" in the Emergency Department.

We reserve the right to further restrict visitation if it is in the best interest of our patients.


  • One visitor or support person per patient is allowed, if necessary.
  • Everyone who enters is required to wear a mask over their nose and mouth for their entire visit.
  • For everyone's safety, those who do not follow the guidelines will be asked to leave.

Visitors who want to contact patients in the hospital are encouraged to do so by phone, FaceTime or other electronic means. Please call 270.651.4444 to be connected to the patient's room.

Thank you for your patience and understanding!