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Don’t put off the essential care you need because of COVID-19. We continue to safely schedule office appointments, surgeries and procedures so you can get the care you need now. We can even help you find a doctor.

For everyone's safety, masks are required for everyone in our facilities. This includes visitors and patients (except in special circumstances).

Merrick Medical Center Patients and Visitors

Attention Patients & Visitors: COVID-19

  • All visitors to Merrick Medical Center, Central City Medical Clinic (CCMC), and Fullerton Medical Clinic (FMC) will be screened for health symptoms before entering. Any visitors that do not meet screening requirements will be asked to visit at another time. 
  • Patients can have 2 designated symptom-free visitors throughout their entire stay - i.e., the same visitors throughout the entire stay. Visitors may be a family member, significant other, friend.
    • Visits for pediatric patients are limited to parents or legal guardians only
    • No one under the age of 14 is allowed to visit
    • As always, those who are visiting patients in isolation rooms will be required to use appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • Do not visit patients in the hospital at all if:
    • You are sick, particularly if you have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, cough, shortness of breath, flu-like symptoms)
    • You have come into contact with a person who has had the COVID-19 infection within the past 14 days or who has traveled in areas where there is known community spread of COVID-19.
  • Surgery and outpatient will notify patients of visitor policy during their pre-operation call.

Learn about COVID-19, take a free screening, and find out how to protect yourself and your family

Comfort and Amenities

We pride ourselves on making each stay as comfortable as possible, for you and your family. Room service is available for every patient, and also for your family and visitors. Additionally, we can launder clothing as needed. If there is anything we can do to make your stay better, please let us know.

During Your Stay 

Our goal is to provide a home-like atmosphere that encourages healing. If you would like extra items for guests visiting/staying with you, we are happy to provide chairs or a couch, as well as blankets and pillows. We also realize that sometimes hospital stays are unexpected. If you need any personal items, such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, etc., please let our staff know.

Patient Safety

Our staff works diligently to provide a safe environment. For this reason, we do not allow latex balloons in our hospital due to potential allergic reactions for patients. Mylar balloons are acceptable. We also are a smoke-free facility, and smoking anywhere on Medical Center grounds is strictly prohibited. 

Dismissal and After Your Stay

We have a transition team in place that will start to lay the groundwork for you to return home/leave the hospital on the first day of your admission. Their purpose is to help identify and address the needs of the patient, so that items can be put in place for you to safely return home. This staff will work closely with patients, families and providers to arrange a post-discharge care plan that includes all the services you need to stay healthy, including community-based and in-home care.

We want to do everything we can to provide a care plan that keeps you healthy at home and reduces your chance of needing to return to the hospital.


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