Visitation Guidelines

We recognize that families provide a constant source of support in the child’s life, and we value the need for family members to be together during a child’s stay. Please work with your child’s nurse to plan ways that you and your family can participate in your child’s care.

Parents and legal guardians are welcome to stay with their child 24 hours a day. Friends and relatives may visit from 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. We want to provide a quiet and healing environment, so we encourage you limit the visitors in your child’s room. There may be times when visitors and parents may be asked to leave. For identification purposes, we may ask for photo identification from any and or all visitors.

Staying Overnight

Sleep chairs are available in the Pediatric Unit rooms. Only 1 parent will be able to sleep at the bedside, however 2 parents are able to stay past 8pm. If both parents would like to stay the night 1 will have to go to the waiting room or use a regular chair in the room. We will make every effort to provide 1 sleeping cot for 1 parent to use. Sleeping on the floor is not allowed at anytime. If your child is in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit there are different guidelines that will have to be followed at this is a highly specialized unit designed to care and manage the very sickest children.

Pediatric Unit Visitation Guidelines

  1. Visitors
    • Parent or Legal Guardians will be allowed to visit 24 hours a day.
    • Visitors are allowed into the Pediatric Unit between 11am to 8pm except during nursing change of shift and physician rounds.
    • Only 2 visitors will be allowed to be at the bedside at a time in the Pediatric Unit. This includes parents and legal guardians. These guidelines may be changed and visitation may not be allowed depending on the circumstances.
    • Parents must fill out an authorized visitor list. All visitors need to be over 14 years of age.
  2. Siblings can visit during visiting hours for a brief period of time. Siblings will need to be older than 8 years and in good health.
  3. Change of Shift/Physician Rounds during the hours of 6:30-7:30 am and 6:30-7:30pm the nurses will be changing shifts. To ensure the best communication during this time please do not interrupt the nurses.
  4. Safety
  • For the safety of our patients the Pediatric Unit is a locked unit. Do not hold the door for others or enter if the door is open and you have not called in. For access the Pediatric Unit, all visitors must call ‘3939’ using the phone outside the entrance.
  • Visitors may be asked to show identification upon entering unit.
  • Parents and visitors may eat if your child is able to eat. Please clean up and discard any food brought in.
  • Restrooms are located in the hall next to the unit. You will need to exit the unit and then call to return. Please do not use bathroom in patient’s room.
  • Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) Visitation Guidelines

    1. Visitors
    • Parent or Legal Guardians will be allowed to visit 24 hours a day.
    • Visitors are allowed into the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) between 11am to 8pm except during nursing change of shift and physician rounds.
    • Only 2 visitors will be allowed to be at the bedside at a time in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). This includes parents and legal guardians. These guidelines may be changed and visitation may not be allowed depending on the circumstances.
    • Parents must fill out an authorized visitor list. All visitors need to be over 14 years of age.
  • Siblings can visit during visiting hours for a brief period of time. Child Life Specialists and Nursing must prearrange all visits in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). Siblings will need to be older than 8 years and in good health.
  • Change of Shift/Physician Rounds—during the hours of 6:30-7:30 am and 6:30-7:30pm the nurses will be changing shifts, and the physician rounds are between 9am – Noon. To ensure the best communication during this time please do not interrupt the nurses.
  • Safety
    • For the safety of our patients the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) is a locked unit. Do not hold the door for others or enter if the door is open and you have not called in. For access the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU), all visitors must check in with security on the first floor and receive a visitor badge. Only 2 badges per patient will be issued. These badges need to be returned to security on leaving.
    • Visitors may be asked to show identification upon entering unit.
  • Parents and visitors are not allowed to eat or drink in the PICU.
  • Restrooms are located in the hall next to the unit. You will need to exit the unit and then call to return. Please do not use bathroom in patient’s room.