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Patient Visitation Guidelines


You are an important member of the care team for our patients. All guidelines are for your safety and the safety of our patients and staff, and must be followed during your stay. If you are not able to follow these rules, you may be asked to leave.

  • Visiting hours are 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily
  • Masks are strongly encouraged, but not required. If you have any symptoms of illness or have been exposed to COVID, please consider visiting at another time.
  • Visitors who have tested positive for COVID are not allowed to visit for five days after a positive test, or symptom start date. These visitors must mask until the 10th day.
  • Visitors must be five years or older.
  • Visitors must remain in the patient’s room or waiting room areas, and not in any other indoor public spaces.
  • Visitors may use the public restroom or purchase food and drinks “to go” from the hospital café. Visitors may not eat in the patient’s room.

Inpatients and outpatients may have two visitors in a patient room at one time during visiting hours. One visitor is allowed into the Emergency Department waiting area until a patient is in a room and then two visitors are allowed as space allows. Exceptions to these guidelines are listed below. Any additional exceptions must be made by nursing staff or the administrator on call.

Patients on isolation precautions (including COVID-19 positive patients)

  • Approved visitors must comply with current PPE and physical distancing policies.
  • COVID-19 and other infectious respiratory patient visitors have special restrictions and will be given a guidelines sheet.
  • Wearing a N95, KN95 or well-fitting procedure mask is required.
  • Special information will be given to the visitor by the nursing supervisor or nurse that outlines the risks, benefits and alternatives to an in-person visit.
  • Visitors should not be present in the room during any aerosol-generating procedure.
  • Some exceptions apply (see below).

Exceptions to Visitation

  • Exceptions are allowed for pediatric patients and patients with physical, intellectual, developmental disability, or cognitive impairments. Cognitive impairment is defined as someone who has trouble remembering, concentrating, communicating or  making decisions that affect their ability to receive medical care.
  • Patients with these exceptions may visit outside of normal visiting hours.
  • These and any other exception must be authorized by the nursing supervisor or administrator on call

Package Deliveries for Patients

Due to patient safety and liability concerns, Dominican Hospital cannot accept package deliveries for patients. Packages delivered to the hospital for patients (from Amazon, etc.) will be returned to the sender.

Updated April 7, 2023