UPDATE (5-14-2020):



* All visitors must pass the front-door screening and be masked at all times (we encourage visitors and outpatients to bring their own mask).

  • 1 visitor allowed for outpatients and surgeries.* 
  • 1 visitor is allowed per inpatient per day from noon to 5 p.m.*
  • 1 visitor with a patient receiving care in the emergency department.*
  • 1 support person is allowed in Labor & Delivery.* 
  • Special exception for end-of-life visits with clinical staff permission.* 
  • No visitors with patients if they have been diagnosed with or are under suspicion of having COVID-19.
  • No visitors under the age of 18.

Our New Normal is Safer Than Ever

Fulfilling our mission to improve the health of those we serve, University Health Care System has established a safe process of diagnosing, testing and caring for COVID-19 patients. This includes a heightened isolation process so we can also get back to caring for the routine and emergent health needs of the larger patient population.

On May 1, we began a controlled Phase 1 return to performing elective procedures, and the process has gone safely and smoothly. On or before June 1, we will make a full return to all procedures. With very few exceptions, all University Health Care System Primary Care and Specialty physician practices have returned to in-office visits. Many physicians now offer telephone or video visits. Still, in many instances, physicians or their medical practitioners need to see patients to properly maintain an appropriate level of care. Learn more about our Safe-Care Plan here.

COVID-19 Testing Cost

University Health Care System's cash price for the COVID-19 test is $100 and is 100% covered by insurance.

Outside Items

For the protection of our patients, no outside items, including food, clothing, pillows, blankets, flowers, etc., will be allowed in the hospital after the patient is admitted except communication devices, such as cell phones or iPads, which will be cleaned by staff.

Access Points at Main Hospital

  • Main Lobby/Front Entrance and Outpatient Center are for patients/outpatient testing, including Heart & Vascular Institute procedures.
  • The Heart & Vascular Institute lobby will be used as discharge location for ALL inpatients; outpatients exit through Outpatient Center.
  • Contractors/Vendors/Couriers enter through side entrance near Levi Hill Auditorium outside door.

Access Point at University Hospital Summerville and McDuffie

  • All patients will enter through the Emergency Department

Phoning in-patients from outside the hospital

For rooms on Floors 3-9: Add "3" in front of the room number for a private room and for the first bed in a semi-private room (for example, Room 409 = 4-3409 for internal calls and 774-3409 for external calls). Add "4" in front of the room number for the second bed in a semi-private room (for example, Room 409 = 4-4409 for internal calls or 774-4409 for external calls).

For rooms on the 10th floor: Drop the initial "1" in the room number and add "3" for a private room and the first bed in a semi-private room (for example, Room 1031 = 4-3031 for internal calls and 774-3031 for external calls). Drop the initial "1" and add "4" for the second bed in a semi-private room (for example, Room 1031 = 4-4031 for internal calls and 774-44031 for external calls).

For rooms in the Heart & Vascular Institute: Add "83" in front of the room number for internal calls (for example, Room 306 = 8-3306) and add "288-3" in front of the room number for external calls (for example, Room 306 = 288-3306).

Triage Line

Patients concerned about COVID-19 symptoms can call University Hospital's COVID-19 Triage and Education Line - 706-828-2477 - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Callers will be triaged based on their symptoms for follow-up at the appropriate level of care.


Patients who are experiencing possible symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough and difficulty breathing, can now use University Hospital’s E-Visits for triage with a physician without ever leaving their home. Go to to register for an E-Visit today.

About COVID-19

image of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

University Hospital cannot stress enough, that the most important protection from COVID-19, the much more common influenza, cold or any other respiratory illness is to wash your hands frequently and refrain from touching your face. Should anyone experience respiratory symptoms and a fever, and believe they could have been in close contact with someone who has traveled to a COVID-19 affected area, the best thing to do is first call a primary care physician, urgent care center or emergency department so they can first be pre-screened and advised over the phone so caregivers can be best prepared to care for them when they arrive at a care facility. 

Learn more at 

  • No visitors will be allowed with patients who have been diagnosed with or are under suspicion of having COVID-19.