Having visitors is an important part of a patient’s stay. The joy that family and friends bring can actually help improve the recovery process. For the best experience, please review our Visitation Rights for Patients below for helpful information prior to your visit.
Visitation Rights for Patients
We recognize the benefits of patients having the comfort of a support person, whether a family member, close friend or other individual at their side during their hospital stay. As a patient, you have the right to have a family member or support person of your choice regardless of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
Additionally, a patient has the right to receive the visitors that he/she (or a his/her support person, if the patient is unable to speak for himself/herself) designates. Visitors may include but are not limited to a spouse, a domestic partner (including a same sex domestic partner), another family member, or a friend. Visitation rights will not be restricted, limited or denied on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.
Patients, or the support person acting on their behalf, have the right to deny visitors at any time.
Restrictions or limitations for visitors may be necessary when:
- Visitation may interfere with or hinder the care or treatment of patients
- The potential for exposure to infectious or hazardous material place the patient and visitor at risk
- The hospital is aware of existing court orders restricting contact
- Disruptive, threatening, or violent behavior occurs
- Rest and privacy is needed
- Visitation hours have ended or a nurse/doctor needs individual time with the patient