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CHI St. Luke's Update



LUFKIN, TEXAS (March 19, 2020)… As we face extraordinary circumstances created by the pandemic COVID-19 (coronavirus), CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial is incredibly thankful to be working with a team that appreciates the gravity of the situation and is responding daily to care for our patients safely.


Now more than ever before, it is critical that every physician, nurse, transporter, food service worker, and every role in between adhere to our policies and support the containment strategy the public health officials, elected officials and our medical leaders are advocating.


We understand that some of our policy changes and decisions may be disruptive to your daily routines, but all are made with the best information we have to manage the spread of the virus.


Out of an abundance of caution and in an effort to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our patients, visitors, employees, and physicians CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial has modified its Visitor Policy.  The modified visitor policy restricts the number of visitors to ONE (1) per patient day for non-isolation patients and one (1) adult visitor per patient day for isolation patients. Visitors of patients in isolation will also be required to wear personal protective equipment (PPE) and will be instructed not to visit common areas including but not limited to cafeterias, waiting rooms, lobbies, gift shops, et cetera.  In addition, visitors will be screened prior to entry of the hospital.


Please find attached additional information about:

o   COVID19 Visitor Policy

o   COVID19 Restricted Access

o   COVID19 Media & Public Inquiries 


For more information, please contact Tina Alexander-Sellers at 936-639-7676 or at





About CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial

CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial, part of a national nonprofit  health system, provides more than a quarter of a million patient services and millions of dollars in local charity care and community support each year.  With hospitals in Lufkin, Livingston and San Augustine, Memorial offers comprehensive, quality health care, including an off-campus emergency center and outpatient facilities and services. To learn more, visit 


About CHI St. Luke’s Health
CHI St. Luke’s Health, a member of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), is comprised of three markets?CHI St. Luke’s Health is home of the Texas Heart Institute (THI),  eight hospitals, eight emergency centers, Diagnostic & Treatment Center, Radiation & CyberKnife Center, and several St. Luke’s Medical Group locations throughout Greater Houston; CHI St. Luke’s Health-Memorial (three hospitals in East Texas); and CHI St. Joseph Health (five hospitals and several St. Joseph Medical Group locations across Brazos Valley). In addition, CHI St. Luke’s is a part of a joint venture agreement with Baylor College of Medicine, which encompasses Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in the Texas Medical Center.  Together, CHI St. Luke’s Health, THI, and Baylor College of Medicine are transforming healthcare delivery with a mission to usher in a new era of healthcare to create healthier communities. Learn more at


About Catholic Health Initiatives

Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) is one of the nation’s largest health systems. Headquartered in Englewood, Colorado, CHI operates in 19 states and comprises more than 100 hospitals, including four academic medical centers and teaching hospitals; 30 critical-access facilities; community health services organizations; accredited nursing colleges; home health agencies; and other services that span the inpatient and outpatient continuum of care. Learn more at


About CommonSpirit Health

CommonSpirit Health™ is committed to building healthier communities, advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable, and innovating how and where healing can happen—both inside our hospitals and out in the community. CommonSpirit was created by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health as a single ministry in early 2019.


Our commitment to serve the common good is delivered through the dedicated work of thousands of physicians, advanced practice clinicians, nurses, and staff; through clinical excellence delivered across a system of hospitals and other care centers covering 21 states, and accessible to nearly one in four U.S. residents; and through more than $4 billion annually in charity care, community benefits, and government program services.

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