Scheduling & Visitor Restrictions

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued a state mandated public health order regarding visitation within all hospitals in California.

Effective Wednesday, Aug. 11, 2021, all visitors must show proof of full vaccination or provide documentation of a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entering our facility. Visitors may use either PCR testing or antigen testing as proof.

Examples of acceptable documentation include a valid and complete CDC vaccination card or electronic copy or a valid and complete vaccination record from the state registry.

If you need COVID-19 testing, please head to the Stanislaus Health Services Agency website or check locally for rapid test locations.

Visitors of end-of-life patients are exempt from the vaccination and testing requirements. In addition, the following visitors have a limited exemption from the vaccination or testing requirements:

  • Parent or guardian visitors of pediatric patients
  • Support persons for a labor and delivery patient
  • Support persons for a patient with physical, intellectual, developmental disability, or cognitive impairment are considered visitors who are visiting a patient in critical condition

As soon as reasonably possible, these visitors must comply with the vaccine verification or applicable testing requirements within 72 hours. They must still comply with other infection control and prevention requirements that apply to indoor visits.

Masks are still required for all visitors.

This state order is keeping with our commitment to providing a safe environment for our patients, visitors, employees and the people of the communities we serve.

Thank you for entrusting us with your healthcare needs. We wish you all the best on your path to continued health.

Current Visitor Policy

Doctors Medical Center is committed to taking the necessary and critical steps to ensure patients, visitors and staff in our hospital are safe and remain healthy.

For those who meet the state mandate requirements, the following visitor policy is currently in place at Doctors Medical Center:

All patients with the exception of COVID-19 and behavioral health patients

  • All patients are permitted one visitor/support person. Visitors are not allowed in the Emergency Department unless the patient is admitted.

Pediatric and NICU patients

  • Two designated visitors/support persons are allowed. Both visitors may be present at the same time.

Labor & Delivery patients

  • Two visitors/support persons may be present with the patient.

Surgery patients

  • Two visitors may be with the patient until the patient is taken into pre-op. Two visitors may be with the patient during the recovery period and preparation for discharge.

Patients with physical, intellectual and/or developmental disabilities and cognitive impairments

  • Two designated visitors/support persons will be allowed. Both may be present at the same time.

End of life patients

  • Visitation in these situations will be managed by the director of the unit and multiple visitors may be allowed.

All visitors will be screened upon entry, provided a mask and asked to perform hand hygiene. The mask should be worn at all times while in the facility. Visitors should stay in the patient room and not congregate in common areas. Any visitor not meeting screening criteria or the state mandate requirements will not be permitted to enter the hospital.

Visitors are not allowed for COVID-19 patients and those under investigation, or behavioral health patients.

Doctors Medical Center is committed to keeping our patients, our staff and our community safe. We appreciate your support and understanding during this time.

Restrictions for Hospital Entry/Exit

We are limiting hospital entry points to facilitate employee, physician, visitor and vendor screening and community safety.

An exception to any limited visitation policy at the hospital is patients with disabilities who require support from family members or staff in order for them to effectively communicate with medical personnel or otherwise receive equal access to medical treatment.