Scheduling & Visitor Restrictions

We will be rescheduling some patient appointments and procedures in an effort to protect our patients and staff. Conserving personal protective equipment helps us prioritize the needs of those who may require immediate care. Adjustments to scheduled procedures and appointments will be made as requested by the physician, patient or as required by official local or national public health authorities. We will contact you directly if your appointment or procedure is postponed until a later date. During this time, all Lakewood Regional Medical Center facilities will remain open to care for patients who require in-person visits and time-sensitive care. Thank you for understanding our need to take these measures for the safety of all.

Visitor Restrictions

Due to the current surge of people testing positive for COVID-19 driven by the highly transmittable Omicron variant we are suspending our normal visitation policy. This is in order to protect patients and staff from becoming exposed, and potentially spreading the virus to others. Alternative means of communications between families and patients, such as virtual visitations, Skype, Facetime, etc. will be facilitated.

Additionally, we want you to be aware that the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a state mandated public health order regarding visitation within all hospitals in California.

Effective Saturday, January 8, 2022, all visitors must show proof of being fully vaccinated AND boosted OR provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test within 48 hours or a negative antigen test within 24 hours of entering our facility.

For visitors who return for multiple consecutive days to visit, proof of a negative test will be required every third day.

If you are Vaccinated and Boosted, you must provide documentation of vaccination, which includes:
  • COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or WHO Yellow Card) which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered); OR
  • a photo of a Vaccination Record Card as a separate document; OR
  • a photo of the client's Vaccination Record Card stored on a phone or electronic device,
  • documentation of COVID-19 vaccination from a health care provider; OR
  • digital record that includes a QR code that when scanned by a SMART Health Card
    Reader displays to the reader client name, date of birth, vaccine dates and vaccine type.
If you are Unvaccinated OR Not Yet Boosted, you must provide documentation including:
  • A negative COVID test where the specimen collection occurred within 2 days if using PCR or 1 day if using antigen testing before each visit and for which the test results are available at the time of entry to the facility.
  • Visitors with history of COVID-19 within the prior 90 days may provide documentation of recovery from COVID-19 and release from isolation in lieu of testing.
Exceptions are being made for emergent situations in the follow situations;
  • Visitors of end-of-life patients are exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements as an emergent situation.
  • Parents or guardians visiting pediatric patients
  • A support person for a labor and delivery patient
  • A support person(s) for a patient with physical, intellectual, developmental disability, or cognitive impairment
However, these visitors must comply with the vaccine verification or testing requirement for subsequent visits following the emergent situation. They must do so as soon as reasonably possible thereafter, but no longer than 72 hours after the emergency. Masks are still required for all visitors.

Your safety and well-being is our top priority and we are committed to providing a safe environment for those we serve. Thank you for entrusting us with your healthcare needs.

Restrictions for Hospital Entry/Exit

Entry and exit is now limited to the main lobby only.

An exception to any limited visitation policy at the hospital is patients with disabilities who require support from family members or staff in order for them to effectively communicate with medical personnel or otherwise receive equal access to medical treatment.