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Please note hospital entrance hours:

All visitors to Butler Memorial Hospital must enter through the Tower Entrance of the hospital. The Brady Street Entrance will be restricted to patients and hospital staff only. Entrance hours:

Visiting hours remain the same: 11am-1pm, and 4pm-6pm.

Tower Entrance Operation Hours (Visitors):

  • Monday-Friday: 5:00am-6:00pm
  • Saturday: 6:00am-6:00pm
  • Sunday: 11:00am-6:00pm

Brady Entrance Operation Hours (Patients & Staff Only):

  • Monday-Friday: 9:30am-4:00pm
  • Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: Closed - Please Use Tower Entrance

Butler and Clarion are now offering boosters for the Pfizer vaccine as well as Pfizer pediatric vaccine. For more info, click here.

Butler Vaccine Clinic - Crossroads Campus: The BHS Vaccine Clinic is administering COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine 1st & 2nd dose, and the booster shot at the BHS Crossroads Campus only, 127 Oneida Valley Road (1st floor), Butler, PA. For current BHS Vaccine Clinic hours click here.

Butler Vaccine Clinic - Butler Memorial Hospital: The BHS Vaccine Clinic is administering the COVID-19 Pfizer Pediatric vaccine only at Butler Memorial Hospital, One Hospital Way, Butler, PA 16001. For current BHS Vaccine Clinic hours click here.

Clarion Hospital Vaccine Clinic: The Clarion Hospital Vaccine Clinic is administering the COVID-19 Pfizer vaccine, booster shot, and he Pfizer pediatric vaccine in the Short Procedure Unit (SPU) at Clarion Hospital, One Hospital Drive, Clarion, PA. Patients will enter through the main entrance of the hospital and be directed on where to go. Vaccination Clinic Walk-In Appointment Hours for Clarion Hospital Clinic, click click here.

The Butler Memorial Hospital Outpatient COVID-19 Testing Site Location:

  • Monday - Friday: 8am - 4pm. 304 Delwood Road, Butler, PA 16001

Please note the following important information:

  • Please be aware that all COVID-19 tests require an order. To obtain an order, please reach out to your Primary Care Physician. Don’t have a Primary Care Provider? Call the BHS Care Center at 833-602-CARE (2273) and they will be happy to assist you!

Clarion Hospital COVID-19 Testing Site:

24 Doctors Lane, Suite 100, Clarion, PA. Hours are Monday through Friday 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. *Please note that testing requires a physician order.

Butler County Residents: If you are age 65+ without access to a computer and need assistance to schedule your vaccine, please call the Butler County Center for Community Resources at 888-550-7468 Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:30 am – 4:30 pm.

Clarion & Forest Counties: If you are without access to a computer and need assistance to schedule your vaccine, please call Clarion Hospital at 814-223-4157 for further assistance.

Butler Health System is actively following Pennsylvania Department of Health guidelines along with guidance and information from the CDC concerning COVID-19. We encourage the community to seek updated information from the official CDC Coronavirus website. Click here for current information on BHS COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and registration.

Effective August 4, 2021, updated visitation guidelines:

VISITORS FOR NON-COVID SUSPECTS OR CASES:

  1. A hospital, through its visitor policy, cannot deny access to an attendant, caregiver or family member of a patient who has an intellectual, developmental or cognitive disability, communication barrier, or behavioral concerns.
    1. Visiting hours are 11am-1pm, and 4pm-6pm.
      1. Specialized care areas may have modified visitation schedules.
      2. Patients may only have one person visit them at a time during the 2 hour visitation period.
        1. Example: Mr. Smith may have his wife visit from 11 am - 1 pm and then his daughter may visit from 4 pm - 6 pm, but they both cannot be here at the same time.
        2. Visitors must adhere to CDC recommendations and follow outlined infection control processes of the hospital. Visitors will be screened upon entry for flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough or shortness of breath and will not be able to stay if symptomatic. Visitors are required to wear a mask at all BHS facilities at all times, with the exception of a child under two (2) years old.
  2. The following visitor processes apply for non-suspected COVID patients in other settings:
    1. PROCEDURE/SURGERY:
      1. Because surgical/procedural patients require a driver, one (1) person may accompany any patient having an outpatient procedure. This person will be directed into a specific room/waiting area in the hospital and may stay until briefed by the physician after completion of the case and patient is discharged.
      2. Outpatient procedural visitors will remain in the 3 Tower room where the patient is assigned or the 3 Tower waiting area. The procedural visitors must stay in the image holding room or waiting room and will not be allowed to go to other areas in the hospital. Please advise visitors the day prior to bring a snack/meal.
      3. AM admits are not considered outpatient procedures. The driver may accompany patient to registration area, provide contact information and then leave the hospital.
    2. EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT:
      1. Patients seeking emergency care, staff will obtain phone number and call when the patient has been placed in the treatment room. One visitor will be allowed in the waiting room with the patient as long as social distancing is possible. All must be masked in the waiting room. A parent or designee may remain with a minor or a patient who is incapable of making their own decisions and be screened appropriately.
    3. OUTPATIENT:
      1. One (1) person may accompany a patient receiving outpatient care if that person is necessary for the patient to be assisted and receive care safely.
    4. MATERNITY:
      1. We will permit two (2) support persons in the labor room until delivery. At that time one support person will accompany the patient to 3M.
    5. END OF LIFE CARE:
      1. Visitors may be permitted with provider order.
  3. Visitors meeting above criteria will be stopped at the hospital entrance, be screened for symptoms, be given an identification badge, and be directed to the permitted area of the hospital.
    1. Visitors must comply with CDC and PA Department of Health guidelines.
    2. No visitors with fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms concerning for COVID-19 infection will EVER be allowed into the facility regardless of the exceptions below.
    3. No person in their own quarantine period for COVID-19 may be a visitor.
    4. Visitors will be screened at entry for symptoms, and provided education about COVID-19, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.
    5. Visitors will not eat or drink while visiting.
    6. Visitors will only use public restrooms.
    7. Visitors will remain in the patient’s room for the duration of their visit.
    8. Visitors must be 14 years of age or older.
    9. Masking is required of all staff, patients, and visitors at all BHS sites regardless of vaccine status.

VISITORS FOR SUSPECTED/CONFIRMED COVID PATIENTS:

  1. Exception: End of Life Visitation
    1. All virtual forms of visitation should be offered and considered before allowing in-person visitation (i.e., Facetime, tablets, etc.).
    2. Clergy are encouraged to coordinate telephonic or video sessions between patient and family.
    3. Requirements for an End of Life visit
      1. Comfort Measures Only (CMO) order
      2. End of Life visitation order (may be placed by any provider caring for patient)
      3. Actively dying
      4. Cannot be transferred out of the hospital
    4. While not required, consultation from palliative care service (if available) should be considered strongly.
    5. Visitors must coordinate time of their visit with healthcare providers on patient’s floor.
    6. Visitation is at discretion of the attending provider, care team, and nurse manager (if there is conflict within the team or conflict with visitors on the decision to allow visitation, Karen Allen, Vice President of Nursing, will be notified).
    7. Visitors will be limited to 1-2 designated family members. Household contacts of the patient must be outside their own quarantine window (14 days after their last exposure to any known COVID-19 case, including the hospitalized patient).
    8. The primary provider or a designated alternative must discuss the risks of visitation with the proposed visitors. Visitors must sign the informed consent document, outlining the risks they are accepting and the procedures they agree to follow.
    9. Visits within a patient’s room.
      1. Visitors will don PPE with gown, gloves, eye protection, and a facemask.
      2. Staff will assist visitors with both donning and doffing.
      3. Visitors are not permitted during aerosol-generating procedures.
      4. Visitors will wash their hands immediately after removing PPE.
      5. Visitors may choose to visit from outside the patient’s room instead.
        1. Visitors may view the patient through the glass window or doors.
        2. Doors must remain closed.
        3. Visitors may call the patient from the phone outside the room.
    10. If consulted, the palliative care service may also assist in planning
    11. Discontinuation of life-sustaining medications (resulting from a CMO order) may be delayed to permit visitation before death.
  2. Exception: Active labor
    1. Each suspected/confirmed COVID-19 laboring patient will be evaluated on an individual basis by the OB physician in collaboration with the PEDS physician to determine if it is appropriate to have a person who currently lives in the same household with the patient (FOB/Significant other) attend the delivery.
      1. This person will be screened for symptoms of COVID-19.
      2. This person will be required to wear gown, gloves and mask while in the room with the patient.
      3. This person will be asked to leave the hospital within 2-3 hours after the delivery to prevent additional exposure.
    2. The care of the newborn will be assessed on a case by case basis with the pediatrician evaluating the situation and providing the nursing staff with specific written orders for the care of the newborn.
      1. If the newborn is ordered to be separated from the mother, the mother may elect a SCREENED SIGNIFICANT OTHER WHO IS NOT suspected/ confirmed COVID-19 AND NOT A HOUSEHOLD FAMILY MEMBER to stay with the baby in an isolation room with isolation measures until discharge.
      2. Care of the newborn will be done by nursing staff if the mother has difficulty selecting an appropriate person.
      3. If the baby is NOT ordered to be separated from the mother, the support person will be required to leave within 2-3 hours after delivery and the staff will assume care of the couplet.

Butler Memorial Hospital - Patient Financial Service Office

The Patient Financial Services office located in the BMH Tower remains closed until further notice. Please contact 724-284-4460 or patientfinancialservices@butlerhealthsystem.org for any financial questions so that we may safely assist you.

BHS Reopening Guidelines

Taking care of your health matters now more than ever. The Reopening Steering Committee has recommended that BHS resume outpatient visits, admissions, surgeries and procedures. Our doctors will work with you to decide which appointments, screenings and surgeries you should schedule now, for all of your health care needs. Following guidelines from professional organizations and PA DOH guidelines, the Committee has established specific criteria pertaining to COVID-19 testing, PPE availability, patient risk stratification and acute care capacity. The Committee will monitor activity on an ongoing basis. It is prepared to further expand services - or dial them back - based on COVID-19 activity over the next few weeks.

Virtual Visits and Telehealth Visits

BHS offers virtual visits and telehealth visits with primary care providers, specialists and urgent care which allow you to have appointments from the comfort of your home.

Medical Supply Donations

Are you a local business that is able to help keep our health care providers safe by donating masks or needed medical supplies? Click here for more information.

Coronavirus Response Fund

BHS is incurring significant costs as it responds to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact the BHS Foundation at www.BHS-Foundation.org or call 724-284-4716 to make a donation to the Coronavirus Response Fund.

A message from Ken DeFurio, President and CEO to BHS employees.

Many thanks to our community who have supported our staff during this unprecedented time. We are blessed. Click here to watch.


Inspiring Patient Story

Butler Memorial Hospital celebrates with Mrs. Karen Rich, the first COVID-19 ICU ventilator patient, as she leaves the hospital to return home to her family. “I praise God for answering so many prayers and thank the entire BHS medical team for saving my life,” says Mrs. Rich. Watch her celebration as she leaves the hospital.

View Testimonial Here

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