Visiting Clergy Information
There is a spiritual side to healing. That is why we encourage local clergy to visit their members who are patients at Atrium Health Floyd Medical Center. Here are some guidelines to help ensure you and your members benefit from your visit.
- Please do not visit if you have symptoms of a cold, flu or other illness.
- Do wash your hands and sanitize them before and after every visit.
- We kindly ask that you do not try to convert other patients, family or staff. Visit only members of your congregation or those people requesting your visit.
- Respect the wishes of patients who do not desire a visit.
- Religious literature should be left only with the patient you visit.
The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) protects the privacy of patients. Atrium Health Floyd's staff, which includes chaplains, cannot release any information about a patient's medical condition. We advise pastors not to share medical information about patients with the congregation unless you have the patient's consent. If the patient is a minor or unable to give consent, you should contact a legal guardian before releasing any information.
Wash Your Hands
The protection of our patients and clergy extends to hand hygiene. You must wash your hands before you enter and leave a patient's room. Washing your hands is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of germs from one person to another and from one room to another. While you are in the room, try to touch as little as possible. Apply sanitize gel every single time you enter and exit a hospital room.
Handwashing Tip: Apply soap to the palms and back of your hands, between your fingers and under nails. Scrub long enough to hum Happy Birthday twice.
Please be aware of isolation signs and notice information hanging on doors. Never enter a room that has isolation signs without first following the protocol of wearing all proper (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment. You may need to put on a disposable gown, gloves, and/or a mask before entering. If you are unsure or need assistance, ask at the closest nursing station.
There are designated parking spots for visiting clergy at the main entrance in front of the cafeteria and on the third level of the Floyd Medical Center parking deck on Turner McCall Boulevard.
The chaplains office is on the second floor on the hall between the Emergency Care Center entrance and the Gift Shop next to the Chapel. Feel free to knock and introduce yourself. If we are visiting patients, feel free to slide a card or contact information under the door so we know how to reach you in the future if needed.
For assistance, contact the Atrium Health Floyd Chaplain at 706-509-5199 or email us.