The Statewide Public Health Order and How it Could Affect You

Due to the statewide Public Health Order issued by Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health, RMC Health System and Stringfellow Hospitals are implementing a very strict visitation policy, effective immediately. Keep reading to find out how this may affect your hospital stay or visitation.


So, what does this Public Health Order mean for our expecting mothers? While the new policy specifically states that all hospital visitation is prohibited, there are exceptions for what are called “compassionate care situations,” which include all maternity and end-of-life hospital visits. 

Elective and Dental Surgeries

All elective and dental surgeries are postponed until after April 5, unless they fall under one of the following categories:

  • They are considered life-threatening
  • There is a threat of deformity or dysfunction of an organ or extremity
  • They are considered to be medically urgent

A Word From Our CEO

“As a healthy system, our top priority has been and will continue to be the health and safety of our patients and protecting the dedicated clinical teams who are on the front lines providing care,” said Louis Bass, CEO of RMC. “We understand the hardship this will place on our community, patients, and their families. However, RMC must adhere to this state-mandated public health order to do our part in stemming the further spread of COVID-19.”

Our priority will always be the safety of our community. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions, and continue to check our blog in the coming days and weeks for more important coronavirus updates and information.