Visitation Rights

Learn About Visiting Hours and Policies

As a loved one, we believe that your presence and support is valuable to the patient’s recovery. To provide support to our patients, we maintain an open visitation policy, rather than set visiting hours to accommodate our patients and their families and friends.

Visits are guided by the following policies, rights and responsibilities. If you have any questions, please call us at (866) 309-2873.

Policy

Patient care at Baptist Health System hospitals and facilities will be provided in an atmosphere that’s respectful and supportive of the integral role of loving relationships during hospitalization. 

We will not restrict, limit or otherwise deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.  We will ensure that all visitors enjoy full and equal visitation privileges consistent with the patient’s preferences. 

Visitation Rights

  • Patients may choose who may and may not visit them while in the Baptist Health System.
  • Patients may withdraw or deny consent for visitation at any time.
  • The patient (or the patient’s support person) may limit the visiting privileges of his/her visitors, including providing for more limited visiting for some visitors than others.
  • The Baptist Health System will not differentiate among visitors without a clinically necessary or reasonable basis for doing so.

Visitor Responsibilities

  • Children will be supervised in both the patient care and waiting areas by a responsible adult.
  • Please do not visit for 24 hours after showing signs of illness, such as:
    •     Runny nose
    •     Cough
    •     Fever
    •     Pink Eye
    •     Diarrhea
    •     Vomiting
  • All visitors will thoroughly wash or sanitize their hands before entering and after leaving the patient’s room and/or after contact with the patient.
  • The hospital may limit the number of visitors at one time at the patient’s bedside.

Justified Clinical Restrictions to Visitation

  • A court order limiting or restraining contact.
  • Behavior presenting a direct risk or threat to the patient, hospital staff or others in the immediate environment.
  • 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 the visitor.
  • Visitor’s risk of infection by the patient.
  • Extraordinary protections because of a pandemic or infectious disease outbreak.
  • Substance abuse treatment protocols requiring restricted visitation.
  • Patient’s need for rest or privacy.
  • Need for privacy or rest by another individual in the patient’s shared room.
  • Clinical interventions, therapy or procedures where the health care provider believes limited visitation is best for the patient.