In accordance with the Oregon Health Authority Sky Lakes Medical Center updates it’s masking policy.

In alignment with Oregon Health Authority’s announcement that masks are no longer required in healthcare settings starting April 3, 2023, Sky Lakes Medical Center has made some changes to onsite masking requirements.

Starting on April 3rd Sky Lakes will continue masking requirements for patients, visitors, and employees in select areas only. With patient safety as the top priority, specific sites will have continued mask requirements for patients, employees, and visitors to help protect against exposure for our most vulnerable patients. These sites include patient rooms in the ICU, the Cancer Treatment Center Infusion Center, and the Sky Lakes Infusion Center.

Knowing there are high-risk patients in other areas of the hospital; patients, visitors, and employees will be required to wear masks when entering a room with patients that are immunocompromised or receiving immunosuppressive therapy.

Outside of the three selected sites masks are not required.

Sky Lakes’ decision to keep masking in specific locations was made for two reasons. First, to protect these extremely vulnerable patients. Second, is to protect the staff.

Because patient comfort and safety are Sky Lakes’ first priority, employees will honor requests from patients to wear a mask when providing care.

Masking kiosks will still be available in areas throughout the hospital for patients, visitors, and employees.

On your next visit look for updated signage to guide you to where masks will be required. Please feel free to ask Sky Lakes personnel for clarification as needed.

The primary goal at Sky Lakes Medical Center is to provide you with the highest quality healthcare with compassion and respect so you can achieve your best possible health. This goal can best be met by working together.