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Lakeland, FL – Beginning Monday, January 18, 2021, Lakeland Regional Health will once again be reducing visitation to its Medical Center.

“For the safety of our patients, visitors, physicians and team members, we will once again significantly reduce visitation to our Medical Center,” said Danielle Drummond, MS, FACHE, Lakeland Regional Health President and CEO. “With the number of cases of COVID-19 in Polk County at an all-time high, along with the high number of COVID-19 hospitalizations, it is necessary for us to limit visitors at this time. We are hopeful conditions improve soon so we can once again open our areas to more visitors.”

Beginning Monday, January 18, 2021, the new Visitation Policy will allow visitors for only the following patients:

  • Obstetric hospital patients: 1 visitor.
  • Pediatric, Children’s Emergency and NICU patients: Both parents/guardians.
  • End-of-life patients: Visitors with the approval of the nursing leader in charge of that unit.
  • Patients undergoing surgery: 2 visitors.
  • Emergency Department patients: 1 visitor.

All other visitors are asked to refrain from entering the Medical Center. Children ages 16 years and younger are not permitted in the hospital at this time, unless they are the patient.


About Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center

Lakeland Regional Health Medical Center is Florida’s fifth largest hospital. Founded in 1916 as Morrell Memorial Hospital, this 864-bed, comprehensive tertiary referral hospital operates the Jack and Tina Harrell Family Institute for Advanced Cardiovascular Medicine; a Level II Trauma Center; the Carol Jenkins Barnett Pavilion for Women and Children, which includes a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; and the Bannasch Institute for Advanced Rehabilitation Medicine. The Medical Center holds high-level accreditations for its Certified Comprehensive Stroke Center and Chest Pain Center. Three hybrid operating rooms and a catheterization lab offer patients the least invasive surgeries possible and enhanced safety. The Medical Center is home to one of the nation’s busiest single site Emergency Department and handles over 3,000 trauma visits annually.

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