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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 visit. If you are not able to follow these rules, you may be asked to leave.

  • Hospital Visiting hours are 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily
  • If you have any symptoms of illness or have been exposed to COVID, please consider visiting at another time.
  • Masks are encouraged and available for visitor use.
  • Visitors who have tested positive for COVID are not allowed to visit for at least five days after a positive test, or the symptom start date.
  • Emergency Department: One visitor is allowed into the waiting area until the patient is in a room; then two visitors are allowed as space permits.

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

  • Visitors must comply with wearing required personal protective equipment (PPE) posted on the door.
  • Visitors for COVID-19 positive patients have special restrictions and will be given a guidelines instructions sheet with required PPE to wear.
    • Special information will also 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.

Exceptions to Visitation Hours

  • 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.
  • End of life patients
  • Patients with these exceptions may have visitors outside of normal visiting hours.
  • The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) has unit based visitor guidelines.
  • Exceptions must be authorized by the Nursing Supervisor or the 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 May 1, 2024