• 530.541.3420 | 2170 South Avenue, S. Lake Tahoe, CA

The safety of our patients and staff continue to be our top priority and we have implemented safety precautions including:

  • requiring surgical face masks in all Barton facilities per California Department of Public Health
  • requiring proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test within the past 24 hours for visitors to acute care areas within Barton Memorial Hospital
  • use of virtual visits, when medically appropriate
  • limiting visitation at office appointments and within Barton Memorial Hospital
  • screening patients and all visitors
  • updated common areas for social distancing
  • heightened disinfecting practices

Visiting Barton Memorial Hospital

Barton Memorial Hospital is accessible through the main entrance from Monday-Saturday 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. After hours and Sunday access is via the Emergency Department entrance, located at the rear of the hospital. Patient visitation hours: 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

  • All visitors are required to wear a surgical face mask and will be screened prior to entry (visitors must be free of COVID-19 symptoms, can't have a pending COVID test, have a positive result in the last 10 days, or have been exposed to someone who is known or suspected to have COVID in the past 14 days).
  • Hospital visitors are required to show proof of full COVID-19 vaccination OR a negative COVID test taken no more than 24 hours prior to their visit.
    • Acceptable proof of vaccination includes:
      1. COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card (issued by the Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control & Prevention or WHO Yellow Card) which includes name of person vaccinated, type of vaccine provided, and date last dose administered); OR
      2. a photo of a Vaccination Record Card as a separate document; OR
      3. a photo of the client's Vaccination Record Card stored on a phone or electronic device, OR
      4. documentation of COVID-19 vaccination from a health care provider.
    • Unvaccinated or partially vaccinated visitors must show documentation of a negative SARS-CoV-2 test taken no more than 24 hours before each visit. Test results must be available at the time of entry to the facility.

      Visitors are responsible for their test; Barton will not have tests available for visitation purposes. Visitors may use any PCR or antigen test with either Emergency Use Authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration or be operating per the Laboratory Developed Test requirements by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Locally, a free PCR test is available by scheduling an appointment online through LHI.CARE, a same-day test is available for purchase via Test Well, or CVS pharmacies sell rapid antigen tests (limited inventory, please call to confirm).

Additional Barton Memorial Hospital visitation limitations include:

  • Emergency Department: one support person/ visitor allowed (pediatric patients may have up to two designated adult guardians present at the same time).
  • Adult inpatients may have two designated support persons and must be the same person throughout the entire hospital stay. (visitors must be over 18 years old; a spiritual support person is counted towards visitor room allowance).
  • Pediatric inpatients may have up to two designated guardians present at the same time and must be the same person throughout the entire hospital stay (guardians must be over 18 years old).
  • Family Birthing Center: visitation is limited to two designated visitors (who must be 18 years or older). Doulas are not counted towards visitor room allowance (doulas are required to show proof of COVID vaccination or a negative COVID test taken within the last 24 hours).
  • Skilled Nursing Facility: please contact the Skilled Nursing Facility for their visitation policy.
  • A spiritual support visitor, such as a priest or rabbi, is counted towards visitor/support person allowance and must comply with visitor policies.
  • Special accommodations may be made for patients in critical care facing end-of-life circumstances. Please speak to the attending physician or nursing supervisor on duty.
  • Staff will offer other means of communicating with family and loved ones including video conferencing and telephone calls.