Please respect the nurses' instructions as they work to do what is best for both you and your loved one.
When Are Visitors Allowed?
Visitor guidelines are in place to promote the safety and healing of our patients.
Our patients have guests typically between 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. You are welcome to stay with your friend or family member after 9 p.m. as long as our patient agrees and you sign in with the nurse unit. We will give you an identification sticker to wear. This helps us to know who is staying in our hospital overnight.
Some areas of the hospital have additional guidelines about visiting a patient to protect the health of patients and yourself. Please call the hospital or ask the nurse caring for your friend or family member if there are any special rules you need to follow.
Who Can Visit?
"Family" is anyone the patient chooses — spouses, partners, significant others, or children; anyone whom our patients tell us are family to them. When our patients arrive, we ask them to list approved visitors. Patients may add or remove a name at any time.
Occasionally, our patients tell us they feel overwhelmed and just want rest. Please keep this in mind if you are a visitor and help us respect the patient's wishes.
Can Pediatric Patients Have Visitors?
Children need constant family support while in the hospital. We welcome and encourage parents/guardians to stay with their child at all times in most patient care areas. Another family member, grandparent, or close friend over age 18 may stay with the child if the parent must leave. "Family" also includes a minor patient's parents, regardless of the gender of either parent.
For the safety of our pediatric patients, parents/guardians are given an armband for identification. Two parents/guardians, or adult designees may stay overnight. The neonatal intensive care unit has some additional rules about visiting patients.
Are children welcome to visit in the hospital?
- Children can be uplifting visitors to a patient in the hospital, but they can also easily tire a patient out. All children must be supervised by an adult. Please do not leave a child alone with the patient. The hospital is a busy place, so please pay close attention to small children.
- Make sure you tell your children what to expect. They may feel scared while here visiting your loved one and see and hear things they do not understand.
- Don't let your child crawl on the floors or carpets. We work hard to keep the hospital clean, but children can easily become ill by coming in contact with certain surfaces.
What about Visiting in the NICU?
Parents are encouraged to visit their baby whenever they can. Parents may bring visitors with them. Please do not bring visitors or siblings who are ill (runny nose, fever, cough, diarrhea, etc.). Babies in the NICU are very susceptible to germs.
If she chooses, mothers may decide to allow up to four others to visit her baby without her being present. Mothers can do this by filling out a permission form in the NICU. These special visitors can be grandparents or other support persons whom the mother chooses. These visitors will have access to the baby's medical information which is why the mother will have to sign a form to allow them to visit without her.
Brothers and sisters of NICU babies are welcome to visit, too. A parent must be with them at all times. A copy of the current immunization record for brothers and sisters between ages 4 to 13 years old must be shown. If brother or sister is sick, please wait until he or she is well before returning to the NICU. During October to April, when certain viruses are prevalent, the NICU may not be able to allow brothers and sisters to visit.
During May to September, siblings are welcome to visit on the weekends with a parent. It is best for the baby to have only two siblings in the NICU at one time, and to limit the visit to 20 minutes or less. If more than two siblings are present, they may wait with an adult in the waiting room.