Visitation from family and friends is an important part of the healing
process for patients. We welcome guests, but remind you that rest is an
important part of the recovery process, which is why we ask that you keep
• Visitors are welcome anytime, but are encouraged to contact the
department for specifics about exceptions and quiet time (8 p.m. to 7 a.m.).
• Critical care areas have additional visitor restrictions to allow
undisturbed patient rest, but visiting is allowed anytime if allowed by
the patient’s care provider. The patient’s nurse can provide
• Birthing Center and Pediatric visiting hours are flexible to meet
the needs and wishes of the patient.
Visitors are reminded of the following:
• The entire Washington Hospital campus (including parking lots and
all related health care entities) are tobacco- and smoke/vape–free
zones. The use of any tobacco products -- smoking, vaping or chewing of
tobacco, or any other substance such as marijuana cigarettes, e-cigarettes,
pipes, and cigars -- by patients, family or visitors while on the Hospital’s
campus is strictly prohibited.
• Children under the age of 12 are permitted in patient areas with
special authorization, as some patients must not be exposed to common
childhood illnesses. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
• Friends and family should not visit if they are suffering from
coughs, colds or flu-like symptoms. Please only visit if you are feeling
well. During flu season, additional restrictions may be in place to protect patients.
• Visitors are not permitted in the operating and recovery rooms.
• Visitors are required to follow all special precautions. Please
check with nursing staff before entering rooms marked “no visitors”
• Generally, visitors are limited to two. Patient preference, care
needs and available physical space are considered when determining who
may be present. In a semi-private room, the needs of the patient’s
roommate must also be considered and respected.
Consideration for the comfort and safety of our patients is our first priority.
Nursing staff, in collaboration with the patient, may alter visiting hours
and regulations at their discretion, as warranted by the patient’s
condition, family circumstances and environment. It is understood that
visitors may be asked to leave if their presence is stressful to the patient
or in conflict with the treatment plan.