General hospital visiting hours
We recognize that families and friends play a big part in the healing process, and we try our best to balance family-inspired healing with our patients' needs for plenty of rest during their recovery process. The hospital is accessible through the main entrance during visiting hours and through the emergency department 24 hours a day, 7days a week.
Our hospital visiting hours are 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., seven days aweek. The following areas are exceptions.
Intensive care unit (ICU) visiting hours
Patients in the ICU are often critical or at the end stages of their lives. Families need to be together at such a time. Family members working long days or nontraditional hours need to be able to visit at different times during the day and night, 24-hour visiting hours allow them this comfort.
- Visitors must be 18 years or older, unless accompanied by an adult.
- Visitors are permitted 24 hours a day.
- Visitors may be restricted to immediate family, or by patient requests, for traffic control.
- Visitation may be limited to two persons at a time for 10 minutes every hour, depending on the severity of the patient's condition or the patient's wishes.
Women's services visiting hours
Fathers of newborns are allowed to visit any time, day or night. We ask that all other family please follow the general hospital visiting hours (8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.) so that Mom and baby can get plenty of bonding time and rest.
Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) visiting hours
There is a limit of two visitors at the bedside at any time. This includes any combination of parents, grandparents and siblings (ages 3 years old or older). For the safety of our little ones, we require that everyone entering the NICU must wash his or her hands thoroughly and gown. Visitors who have a cold, cough, vomiting, diarrhea, fever or other infection may not visit. Anyone who has been exposed to a contagious illness, such as chickenpox, tuberculosis or cold/influenza should not enter the NICU area. Any visitor who has recently received an immunization or a live vaccine will be subjected to the following visiting guideline:
- Polio—no restriction in visitation.
- MMR—no restriction in visitation ("Immunization Action Coalition," 2011).
- Varicella and Rotavirus—two-week restriction from visitation.
- FluMist—a 21-day restriction from visitation ("FluMist," 2011).
In order to protect privacy and confidentiality, visitors to the NICU are expected to remain at the bedside of the neonate they are visiting and are not allowed to browse the NICU or visit any other neonates. No information will be given regarding any other neonate in the NICU including, but not limited to name, gestational age, weight, or condition of the infant.
There may be times throughout the year (e.g., flu season) when visitation may be restricted to parents only.