Information for Patients and Visitors

Staying Safe is Essential. So is Your Health.

As always, our top priority is safety -- for you, our patients, as well as our employees and surrounding community. Our safety practices follow, and in some cases exceed, standards set by government agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

We want you to get the care you need while avoiding infection during your visit to VUMC. We’ll do our part to prevent infection. We need you to do your part, too.

Parents, see information about your child's care at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital.

Here’s what we’re doing

  • All employees are required to wear face masks.
  • All employees are screened carefully before being allowed to report to work. This includes temperature checks and detailed screening for symptoms.
  • We’re sanitizing rooms between patients and cleaning public areas often.
  • We’re changing public spaces to allow everyone keep a safe (6 feet) physical distance. This includes spacing between chairs and limiting the number of people using elevators at one time.
  • We are continuing all of these practices even after people have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.

Here’s what we’re asking you to do when you visit one of our hospitals or clinics

  • Everyone who comes to VUMC’s hospitals and clinics must wear a face mask. We encourage you to bring yours from home. 
  • Everyone who comes to VUMC’s hospitals and clinics will be screened before entry. This includes temperature checks and questions about symptoms.
  • Patients who are having surgery or other procedures that require general anesthesia will be tested for COVID-19 infection before their procedure.
  • Currently, our restricted COVID-19 visitation policy remains in place.
  • We are continuing all of these practices even after people have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine.

When you are not at VUMC

  • Stay home if you can.
  • Wash your hands well and often.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently.
  • Watch for symptoms, including new cough, shortness of breath and loss of smell or taste.
  • If you must go out, wear a mask and keep a safe (6 feet) distance between you and others.
  • If you have symptoms, isolate yourself and contact your healthcare provider immediately. Or call the VUMC COVID-19 Hotline at (888) 312-0847.
  • We strongly encourage you to do these things even after you have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine. 

Learn about and get your COVID-19 vaccine

Tennesseans age 16 and older are eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the Tennessee Department of Health. We encourage everyone who is eligible to get the vaccine to do so as soon as they get an opportunity that meets their needs and schedule.

COVID-19 vaccines work. They are safe. And they are how we'll put this pandemic behind us, together.

Learn more here about scheduling your COVID-19 vaccine from Vanderbilt Health in Nashville, Lebanon, Shelbyville and Tullahoma, or finding an appointment at a location closer to home.

How to Help During COVID-19

We are so grateful for individuals, corporations, non-profits, organizations and others who are raising their hand to help.

From helping us stop the spread of the novel coronavirus to donating masks to financial gifts, we are thankful for our community.

If you want to pitch in, here are some ways you can do it.