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Visiting Hours & Guidelines

Visiting Hours

Family and friends brighten your day and help speed your recovery. Our goal is to provide an environment that promotes healing and reinforces a positive experience for you and your visitors. Our visiting hours are designed to be flexible, yet allow for maximum rest and recovery time for each patient. Visiting hours vary from one patient care area to another. In some cases, visiting hours may be limited or expanded in accordance with your physician's recommendations.

For most patients, visitors can enter through the main entrance between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

After hours please enter through the Emergency Department and check-in with the Public Safety Officer.

Age of Visitors: Visitors under twelve (12) years of age may visit during regular visiting hours, but must be accompanied by and under the direct supervision of a responsible adult other than the patient.

Critical Care Unit
Visiting hours are from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm. Two visitors at a time will be allowed to visit and must be at least 16 years of age.

The Charge Nurse may limit the length of the visit, as indicated.
No visitors are permitted on the Unit between 7:00 am and 8:00 am and between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm at shift change.

Labor and Delivery

  • Visiting hours are from 10:00am and 8:00 pm. Visitors must be at least 16 years of age. One coach and two support persons at a time may visit with the patient during labor. The patient may visit in the waiting room when not contraindicated. During delivery, the coach and one other person may be present.


  • Designated banded support person may visit anytime between 9:00 am and 10:00 pm. Healthy siblings of any age may visit during this time. During flu season, children under the age of 13 may not visit.


  • Only those with infant identification bands may enter the nursery. One other person may accompany the properly identified support person.

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