As a patient (inpatient and outpatient) you have the right to receive visitors whom you designate including, but not limited to, a spouse, a domestic partner (including a same sex domestic partner), another family member or friend. It is also your right to withdraw or deny such consent at any time. Visitors may not be restricted, limited, or otherwise denied visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. All visitors shall enjoy full and equal visitation privileges consistent with your preferences.
Visitors may be limited for clinical indications at the discretion of the nurse or healthcare provider. The clinician will exercise their best clinical judgment when determining when visitation is, and is not, appropriate. Best clinical judgment takes into account all aspects of patient health and safety, including the benefits of visitation on a patient’s care as well as potential negative impacts that visitors may have on other patients in the hospital. Reasons for possible restrictions or limitations might include (but are not limited to) when:
- there may be infection control issues
- visitation may interfere with the care of other patients
- staff aware there is an existing court order restricting contact
- visitors engage in disruptive, threatening, or violent behavior of any kind
- the patient’s roommate needs rest or privacy
- the patient is undergoing care interventions
Disputes about whether an individual is the patient’s support person will be facilitated expeditiously and with a non-discriminatory manner. For infection control purposes, visitors are encouraged to use the public restrooms. Visitors with signs and symptoms of illness are asked not to visit.
For security purposes the hospital is locked after 8:00 p.m. Visitors can enter the hospital after 8:00 p.m. to visit through the Emergency entrance. For the protection of our patients, we ask that visitors consider a phone call instead of a visit if they are ill or have been exposed to an illness.