SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV)- St. Joseph’s Health Hospital has updated its protocols allowing more leeway for patients.

As of September 21, St. Joseph’s will be expanding its visitation hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Philip Falcone says this is to help the patients.

“I think it also helps to have a second set of ears and eyes to hear what’s being discussed with the patients so that when they do leave the hospital someone else in their family may be able to help and identify things that need to be done,” Dr. Falcone says.

Dr. Falcone also gave examples like appointments and medications that need to be changed.

Dr. Falcone says COVID isn’t as significant as it was two years ago, which also played a role in their decision. He says he does expect to see a spike in the fall, so he’s recommending everyone gets protection.

We’re probably going to see an uptick at some point for patients that are getting admitted to the hospital with COVID, so I would advise people to consider getting vaccinated if you’re not already.

Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. Phillip Falcone

Along with the expanded hours, comes the following:

  • Up to two persons per patient, per day
  • One person allowed at a time in the room
  • Visitors can use the unit-based waiting rooms for convenience