Good Samaritan Medical Center recognizes the important role that visitors play in the care of hospitalized patients. Good Samaritan Medical Center makes every attempt to allow visitors without restriction. You as the patient, and or your designated support person have the right to accept or decline visitors. Visitors may include, but are not limited to, a spouse, a domestic partner (including same sex partner), family members, and friends. You may withdraw your consent for visitors at any time during your stay.
Visitors may be limited or restricted only when visitation would interfere with the care of the patient and/or the care of other patients. Visitor Guidelines are subject to change.
The following are example of circumstances that could result in the hospital imposing restrictions or limiting visitors:
- A court order limiting or restraining contact
- Behavior presenting a direct risk or threat to a patient
- Behavior disruptive of the functioning of the patient care unit
- Reasonable limitations on the number of visitors at any one time
- Patient’s risk of infection by a visitor
- Visitor’s risk of infection by the patient
- Extraordinary protections because of pandemic or infectious disease outbreak
- Patient’s need for privacy and rest
- Need for privacy and rest by another individual(s) sharing the room
Please ask your nurse or doctor about any visitation restrictions that may apply during your visit.
Visiting Hours & Information
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT VISITING
Your care can be enhanced by occasional visits from your friends and family. Of course, the reason for your hospital stay is to receive treatment, so we hope that your visitors understand and respect that patient care needs are our first and foremost concern. Patients need rest and privacy.
Please share this information with your visitors so they will be aware of the following visiting policies:
VISITOR POLICY EFFECTIVE 5/15/23:
To best ensure the health and safety of our patients and staff, visitor restrictions are currently in place.
• Visitors are welcome between 9 AM and 8 PM daily.
• Visitors under the age of 14 years must be accompanied by an adult.
• Visitors are asked to delay visits if having any of the following symptoms:
- Fever (>100.4 F)
- Cough, congestion, or runny nose
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- New skin rash (with fever)
- If you are diagnosed with or exposed to COVID-19 within 10 days of an appointment
• Visitors will be required to wear a face mask for the duration of their visit if suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 or other respiratory infection within the past 10 days or have had close contact with someone with COVID infection for up to 10 days after the exposure or have any respiratory symptoms (again, visitors are asked to delay visits if having any of the symptoms described above)
• Visitors are required to practice proper hand hygiene at all times while in the facility.
Patients are permitted TWO (2) visitors at a time in their room (visitors are asked to NOT wander in the hallways and to respect the privacy of other patients).
Patients are permitted ONE (1) visitor. Parents and guardians of pediatric children under the age of 18 are permitted.
Labor & Delivery (L&D), Family Centered Care (FCC), Special Care Nursery (SCN)
- Patients are permitted TWO (2) support person(s)/birth partner(s) in Labor & Delivery freely for the duration of a patient’s stay. A doula is also permitted for labor and birth.
- TWO (2) visitors are permitted in Family Centered Care (FCC). Please note that quiet time is observed from 1p-3p.
- TWO (2) visitors over the age of 14 years are permitted in the Special Care Nursery (SCN).
Patients with Physical or Intellectual Disabilities
One support person over the age of 18 will be allowed for patients with physical of intellectual disabilities. There are no restrictions on visiting hours. Designated support persons, companions, and attorneys are not considered visitors.
Vendors, Volunteers, and Interns
Vendors, Volunteers, and Interns will be required to wear a face mask for the duration of their visit if:
- suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 or other respiratory infection; or
- have had close contact with someone with COVID infection for up to 10 days after the exposure
Vendors will be required to comply with Steward Policy SM 29 Identification Badges and utilize the Reptrax vendor credentialing system located in the hospital’s main lobby.
All Visitors, Outpatients, and Outpatient Companions must:
- Refer to signage at the hospital entrances for the latest guidance and policies.
- Masks are no longer required but are available to any patient or visitor who chooses to wear one.
- Perform hand hygiene upon entering the hospital and support social distancing when inside the facility.
There are very limited exceptions to these policies, including for minor patients, patients with guardians, end-of-life/advanced care planning, or other extenuating circumstances. All exceptions to these policies must be approved by the patient’s care team prior to your visit. Please note that Good Samaritan Medical Center may need to implement additional infection control procedures during an outbreak.
We encourage family members and friends to use alternative ways to interact with their loved ones, including phone calls, Facetime, and Skype.
Visitors are welcome to use the cafeteria on the ground floor. It is open 6:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., daily, for meals.
Soda, fruit juice and snack vending machines are located in the cafeteria and the emergency department waiting area and are available 24 hours a day.