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Patient Visiting Policy Changes During Flu Season

To help our patients and staff avoid the flu …

  • Immediate family only should visit (spouses/partners, parents, siblings, grandparents, or children age 14 and older
  • Children under 14 years of age are not to come to the hospital unless they are patients
  • Only two visitors per patient at a time
  • Individuals with fever, cough or respiratory symptoms should not visit
  • People in contact with someone with flu-like illness in the last two days may be carrying the flu and be contagious. We ask that they do not visit.
Some of our specialty care units have additional visiting policies. Please check with our staff.
 
Learn more about the flu.
 

 

 

Visits from family and friends are important to our patients during their hospital stay and can be good medicine for your recovery process. To support you, we have an open visiting policy, based on your preferences and wishes. Open visiting means that patient visiting is allowed at any time, unless there are medical reasons preventing it.

Quiet time is also important to your recovery. Some units have designated quiet time during the day. During these times, you are encouraged to rest. Visitors may stay during this time if you wish.

To protect your improving health, people with colds, sore throats or any contagious illness should delay visiting until they are well. We ask that visitors be considerate of others, speak quietly, silence electronic devices and avoid any unnecessary noise.

Some patient units have special visiting hours or requirements for visiting including:

Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

  • Before visiting, visitors are asked if they have been exposed to any communicable diseases that may put our patients at risk. Examples include chicken pox, measles, whooping cough/pertussis, tuberculosis, head lice/scabies, fever/cough
  • Visitors must be accompanied by at least one parent of the infant
  • Children under the age of 16 may visit if they are a sibling of the infant

Maternity and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit

  • Before visiting, visitors are asked if they have been exposed to any communicable diseases that may put our patients at risk. Examples include chicken pox, measles, whooping cough/pertussis, tuberculosis, head lice/scabies, fever/cough
  • All visitors will be asked to clean their hands with alcohol foam soap prior to entering the unit

Please note: Latex Balloons No Longer Allowed at Medical Center

Due to allergic reactions to latex and the possible choking hazard for our pediatric patients, these balloons are no longer allowed. Mylar balloons are acceptable to bring into the hospital.