COVID-19: Information on Coronavirus for Good Shepherd Penn Partners Patients

Currently, we have protocols in place to maximize the safety of all who enter our hospitals and facilities. These safety protocols follow the advice of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Pennsylvania Department of Health (DOH) and include limiting visitors within our facilities. We did not make this decision lightly, and thank you for your understanding. We will continue to evaluate our visitation policies in order to balance the needs of our patients and families with the need to limit exposure to COVID-19.

Family caregivers are vital members of the care team. During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic, Good Shepherd Penn Partners seeks to maximize family caregiver presence while keeping patients, caregivers, and staff safe.

How is Good Shepherd Penn Partners responding to COVID-19?

  • All of our facilities, including outpatient locations, are hospital based, so we are held to a very high safety standard when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting patient rooms, therapy equipment, tables, common areas and high touch surfaces.
  • We clean each piece of equipment before and after use and have increased the frequency of deep cleaning procedures in both inpatient and outpatient locations.
  • In addition, our employees practice rigorous hand washing procedures and use personal protective equipment (PPE) when appropriate. 
  • We have implemented visitor restrictions at our inpatient facilities and companion restrictions for our outpatient facilities;
  • Pre-screening patients at outpatient facilities to ensure they are healthy upon arrival and are restricting access for anyone with fever or symptoms of a respiratory infection;
  • Placing volunteer duties and activities on hold;
  • Eliminating on-site visits from third-party vendors; and,
  • Eliminating deliveries of food, flowers, etc. to patients.
  • Offering virtual visits for patients who are unable – or not yet ready – to leave their homes.

Inpatient Visitor Restrictions in Place

Patients at Good Shepherd Penn Partners Specialty Hospital (LTACH) and the Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (PIRM), a unit of the Hospital of the University of Penn (HUP) located at Rittenhouse, can have two healthy (i.e. no fever or other signs of illness) adult (aged 18 or over) visitors a day. Patients may have up to two family caregivers present for family meetings and goals of care/end of life discussions.

All visitors must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination* or a recent negative COVID-19 test.
To confirm COVID-19 vaccination:

  • Visitors must be fully vaccinated (i.e., two mRNA doses or one J&J dose) at least two weeks before visiting a loved one in the hospital.
  • The name of the visitor must match the name on the vaccine card.

* If you are unvaccinated, staff can provide alternative visit methods such as videoconferencing

To confirm a negative COVID-19 test result:

  • Visitors must present a dated test result that shows a negative test from the last 72 hours.
  • Rapid or PCR tests results are both acceptable; however, rapid tests results must be from a testing facility. Home tests results are not accepted.

At this time, patients with COVID-19 or Patients Under Investigation (PUI) for COVID-19 may not have in person visitors. Accommodations will be made for virtual visitation. Exceptions will be permitted for patients with special circumstances (such as long length of stay) and for patients at end-of-life. Approved visitors will receive information about risk of infection and will be asked to put on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (gown, gloves, medical mask, and eye protection/face shield). Unit staff will show you how to put on/remove PPE to ensure your safety and reduce the risk of viral spread to others.

Visitation Hours:

  • Specialty Hospital (LTACH): Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Penn Institute for Rehabilitation Medicine (PIRM): Between the hours of 9 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Outpatient Therapy

Outpatients can have two healthy (i.e. no fever or other signs of illness) support persons. Support persons will need to show proof of vaccination upon arrival.

At Home Rapid Antigen Testing

At home tests can be useful to protect yourself and others against COVID-19. It's important to note that these tests are not 100 percent accurate and should be used as a guide.  Positive test results are reliable; negative test results are less reliable.

At Home Rapid Antigen Testing

The flow chart below shows how to proceed based on your results.

At Home Rapid Antigen Testing Flow Chart

Health Screenings

When entering Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse or a Good Shepherd Penn Partners outpatient facility, all patients and visitors must complete a health screening. This screening can be performed electronically via smartphone, tablet or computer prior to visiting via this link: https://pennmedicine.org/prescreen. If using a computer, print the “green pass” and bring it with you. You will receive screening information prior to or upon your visit.

Travel Related Questions

Good Shepherd Penn Partners (GSPP) uses the City of Philadelphia government site provided here as a reference for high risk locations. GSPP uses this website for guidance related to travel and need for quarantine, which plays a role in our screening process to support in-person care.

Face Coverings

To help maintain a healthy environment, all patients and visitors/caregivers must wear a surgical facemask throughout their visit. A surgical facemask can be provided onsite if need.

Visitors/caregivers must also practice social distancing, restricting movement in the facility as much as possible. Visitors will not be permitted in the gym unless invited by therapist for family training.

For Patients on COVID Precautions:

To ensure your safety, the clinical team will schedule your visit 24 hours in advance. For your visit, you will receive information about risk of infection and will be asked to put on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (gown, gloves, medical mask, eye protection/face shield). Unit staff will show you how to put on/remove PPE to ensure your safety and reduce the risk of viral spread to others.

* If you are unable or unwilling to wear PPE, staff can provide alternative visit methods such as videoconferencing.

UPHS Novel Coronavirus Information
accesspoint.uphs.upenn.edu/sites/preparedness/coronavirus

Valet Parking

To limit COVID-19 exposure, valet service is currently closed at Penn Medicine at Rittenhouse. Discounted parking is available for visitors in the garage located at 1740 South St.

Virtual Services

As a convenience to our patients, Penn Therapy & Fitness offers virtual services, including face-to-face telehealth video visits and e-visits, with our therapists from the comfort of your home.

Patients in need of outpatient physical, occupational or speech therapy can communicate in real time with Penn Therapy & Fitness therapists through a smartphone, laptop, desktop or tablet, and participate in therapy, exercises and other limited forms of treatment.

To make a telehealth video visit appointment with a therapist, please call 1-877-969-7342.

  • Existing Patients
    • For those patients for whom continued in-person care is deemed essential by their referring physician and treating therapists: All Penn Therapy & Fitness locations are open and ready to serve you. Learn more about the safety precautions we are taking to protect you. 
  • New Patients
    • Please call 1-877-969-7342 to schedule an initial evaluation.

Telehealth video visits are covered by Medicare and most major insurances.

To make an in-person or telehealth appointment with a therapist, please call 1-877-969-7342.

Thank you, in advance for your cooperation and for trusting Good Shepherd Penn Partners with your care or the care of a family member.