EFFINGHAM— As of Monday, November 15, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital began a limited re-opening of the front lobby entrance to the hospital off Maple Street to allow visitors access to the facility in addition to the Prairie Heart entrance and the emergency room.

“We are pleased to welcome people back through our front door again,” said HSHS St. Anthony’s President and CEO Chad Markham. “It is a step in the right direction to be able to provide additional accessibility to our building and services.”

The following guidelines are in place to continue to ensure the safety of patients and colleagues.

  • The entrance will be open 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding national holidays such as Thanksgiving and Christmas). Please note this opening is dependent on the COVID-19 prevalence in the community and may change.
  • The Prairie Heart Institute entrance (south of the main entrance) is open 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It should be used by those coming to the hospital for outpatient diagnostic imaging and cardiology testing, Prairie Heart clinic visits, IV therapy and appointments with the clinical dietitian.
  • Those coming to the hospital for pain management, surgical procedures and Wound Healing Center visits should continue to use the emergency department entrance at this time.
  • All patients and visitors should utilize the emergency department entrance on Mulberry Street at all other times when the Prairie Heart Institute and front lobby entrance doors are locked.
  • All patients and visitors will continue to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms, must wear a mask and have a temperature check upon entrance. Visitors will only be allowed if they are free of symptoms.

Here are the current visitor guidelines for various departments at St. Anthony’s:

Emergency department:

  • Adult patient: One visitor who must stay in the patient’s room for duration of visit.
  • Pediatric patient: Two parents and/or guardians who must stay in the patient’s room for duration of visit.

Inpatient units:

  • Adult inpatients: One visitor per patient per day during the hours of 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Pediatrics inpatients: Two parents or guardians allowed.
  • Women and infants center: Two support persons who must stay the same for the duration of the hospital stay.
  • End-of-life patients: Two visitors at a time.

Surgery (inpatient and outpatient): One visitor in the patient room for the duration of the surgical procedure.

Outpatient diagnostic and therapy services: One visitor may accompany the patient or wait in designated waiting areas.

Patients with intellectual and/or developmental disability or cognitive impairments: One support person.

No visitors will be allowed for patients under investigation for possible COVID-19 diagnosis and those confirmed positive for COVID-19.

These guidelines are subject to change at any time to address the health needs of our communities.

For more information about HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, visit St. Anthony’s website at stanthonyshospital.org.


About Hospital Sisters Health System

Hospital Sisters Health System’s (HSHS) mission is to reveal and embody Christ’s healing love for all people through our high-quality Franciscan health care ministry. HSHS provides state-of-the-art health care to our patients and is dedicated to serving all people, especially the most vulnerable, at each of our physician practices and 15 local hospitals in two states – Illinois (Breese, Decatur, Effingham, Greenville, Highland, Litchfield, O’Fallon, Shelbyville and Springfield) and Wisconsin (Chippewa Falls, Eau Claire, Oconto Falls, Sheboygan and two in Green Bay).  HSHS is sponsored by Hospital Sisters Ministries, and Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is the founding institute. For more information about HSHS, visit www.hshs.org. For more information about Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, visit www.hospitalsisters.org.