8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.: Open visitation at nurse's discretion based on patient care needs
Visitors are part of the team that helps care for you. Visits by family and friends are an important part of the recovery process and are encouraged.
We ask that visitors limit their stay to about 30 minutes, and that patients only have two visitors at a time.
For the protection of the patients, visitors who have colds or flu symptoms, diarrhea, or skin infections are asked to postpone their visit until they are well. Children under 12 years of age need approval from the nursing staff prior to visiting. All children must be under the direct supervision of an adult. In addition, children should not visit if they have:
- Recently been exposed to chicken pox.
- Recently been exposed to any disease that is easily passed to others.
- A fever of 99 degrees or higher.
Your visitors should wash their hands before and after any contact with you and they should not handle your patient care equipment.
Please understand that there are times when visitors may be limited due to the patient's condition, or when visitors may be asked to step out while staff provide patient care.
Keeping Family Informed
It is requested that family members designate a contact person to call the hospital and inquire about the status of the patient. This person should then keep other family members informed. Designating one contact person will decrease the amount of time the patient's nurse spends on the phone, allowing more time to dedicate to patient care.
Patients and loved ones may also use Mercy Regional's CarePages — free, easy-to-use Web pages — to keep family and friends informed about a patient's condition.