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DAILY VISITING HOURS AND POLICIES

We kindly ask your visitors to observe posted visiting hours.

Medical/Surgical:
9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Children under the age of 12: limited to 15 minutes visitation and must be accompanied by an adult

Obstetrics:
Father/Support Person: Unrestricted
Grandparents/siblings: 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Other visitors over age 13: 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Intensive Care Unit: Two visitors at a time
10AM – 1PM and 5PM – 8PM  and children under age 12 limited to 15 minutes visitation and must be accompanied by an adult

Emergency Department: One person may accompany a patient into ED. They may be asked to leave during exam or treatment based on patient needs.

Visitors are requested to adhere to the following:

1. Please limit visitors to no more than two at a time.

2. Please observe the Hospital's "No Smoking" policy.

3. Visitors should not bring food or beverages without checking with nursing staff to assure that they meet the patient's dietary requirements.

4. Animal visitation within the Hospital is prohibited. Please discuss any special need with your nurse/physician and arrangements may be made for an outside visit.

5. A service animal will be able to go where patients and visitors normally are allowed and will need to wear their collar or harness and license, certification or identification paperwork should be provided to the Hospital staff upon request.

Each patient has the right to choose who can visit while they are hospitalized and who can make a decision regarding their visitors in the event that they become incapacitated. If a patient wants to exercise this right, a copy of a Visitation Rights Authorization is available from your nurse. This information will be maintained in the patient’s medical record. Patients also have the right to change this decision at any time during their hospitalization. If desired, they should request a new form to make this change.

This support person may be different or the same as the person who is legally recognized to make medical decisions on behalf of the patient should they be incapacitated. This support person may be family, friend or any individual who is there to support the person during the course of the hospital stay. The support person who is chosen by the patient may be present unless the individual’s presence infringes on other’s rights or safety or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated to provide emotional support during the course of their stay.

This policy also enables the patient to have a trusted friend or family member with them during healthcare discussions as a way to promote understanding of medical, clinical or other information that is being shared with the patient. It is important to involve both the patient and the person who is going to be providing ongoing care after discharge in this process. To promote patient health and safety, it is important to share valuable information (e.g. medical history, conditions, medications, allergies) with the patient’s chosen person who may not be the patient’s legal representative, but may be important and beneficial in developing the patient’s plan of care.

VISITATION RIGHTS

You have the right to decide if you want visitors while you are in the hospital and to designate who can visit during your stay. These individuals do not need to be legally related to you. You also can designate a support person who may determine who can visit you if you become incapacitated. These decisions can be changed at any time by notifying your nurse or physician. Should you wish to exercise this right, please complete the following and/or provide other written notification of your decision.

Visitors will 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.

We want you ensure that all visitors enjoy full and equal visitation privileges consistent with your preference. When there is a need for a clinically necessary restriction or limitation, due to reasons such as infection control, safety or health, you and your visitors will be notified of this need and the reasons for such limitation.

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VISITATION RIGHTS AUTHORIZATION:

I give notice and authorize that while hospitalized at Nason Hospital, it is my wish that ____________________________(name of person) be given first preference in being able to visit me, unless I freely give contrary instructions to Nason Hospital staff. I understand that I can change this decision and will notify Nason Hospital staff at that time. This individual is also named to determined who my visitors can be in the event that I am incapacitated and unable to make this decision for myself.

Signature:___________________________ Printed

Patient Name:____________________________________

Date: ________ Witness: _______________________________

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