IMPORTANT HEALTH UPDATE FROM UC HEALTH – restricted access measures implemented at multiple U.C. Health locations

U.C HEALTH: Amanda Nageleisen, Director of Media Relations

CINCINNATI, OH, Monday, March 16, 2020, 3:54 P.M. – In order to provide the safest possible environment for patients, staff and clinicians, beginning Monday, March 16, UC Health hospitals, including UC Medical Center, West Chester Hospital and Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, will implement restricted access measures and updated visitor restrictions.

University of Cincinnati Medical Center – (Provided) 

Beginning on Monday, March 16, the following entrances will be publicly accessible: 

  • UC Medical Center

  • Main Lobby Entrance
  • Emergency Department Main Entrance
  • Ridgeway: Visitor Entrance Adjacent to North Parking Lot
  • Ridgeway: Psychiatric Emergency Services Controlled Entry/Exit
  • West Chester Hospital

  • Main Entrance
  • Walk-in Entrance to the Emergency Department
  • Walkway Corridor to Physician Office Building South
  • Main Entrance to Surgery Center (right door)


  • Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care

  • North Entrance, 1st Floor
  • South Entrance, Sliding Doors from South Parking Lot

Ambulatory locations, including outpatient buildings and physician offices, are being evaluated for restricted access and may implement future restrictions on a case-by-case basis. 

Visitors to UC Medical Center and West Chester Hospital must be over 14 years of age and will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care and Bridgeway Pointe are not accepting visitors due to their high-acuity patient population.

“The safety of our patients, employees and clinicians is of utmost importance to us,” said Evie Alessandrini, MD, UC Health senior vice president and chief medical officer. “This is just one of many ways that we are responding to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and we appreciate the support of the community in adhering to these measures.”

Before visiting any UC Health location, please visit for more information as updates are being made regularly.

If someone is experiencing symptoms, such as fever, cough and shortness of breath and have experienced some exposure risk factor such as travel or close contact with another sick person, we ask that they call their physician’s office, or the Ohio Department of Health at 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634) before visiting an emergency room or a doctor’s office. As always, if you require a true emergency response, please call 911 or visit the nearest emergency department and upon arrival (or before) immediately advise that you believe you are experiencing symptoms before entering a crowded waiting area.

About UC Health

UC Health is an integrated academic health system serving the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky region. In partnership with the University of Cincinnati, UC Health combines clinical expertise and compassion with research and teaching – a combination that provides patients with options for even the most complex situations. Members of UC Health include: University of Cincinnati Medical Center, West Chester Hospital, Daniel Drake Center for Post-Acute Care, Bridgeway Pointe Assisted Living, University of Cincinnati Physicians and UC Health Ambulatory Services (with more than 800 board-certified clinicians and surgeons), Lindner Center of HOPE and several specialized institutes and centers, including: UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute; UC Cancer Center; and UC Heart, Lung & Vascular Institute. Many UC Health locations have received national recognition for outstanding quality and patient satisfaction. Learn more at