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Visitation Guidelines

    Visitation Guidelines

    Visitors are good medicine for patients. Family and friends are welcomed and encouraged to visit patients during their hospital stay at G-CMC. Our Patient Visitation Guidelines are designed to allow you to work with the nursing staff to optimize your visits with your loved one in the safest environment possible.

    At G-CMC, visitors are not restricted based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation or disability. For the welfare of patients, however, the nursing staff may request that visitors leave a patient room at any time.

    Additionally, patients may request the restriction of visitors simply by notifying the nursing staff.


    Visiting Hours:

    General Medical – Surgical/Telemetry/Cardiac and ICU Step Down/Trauma Surgical Units

    • Semi Private Room – 10am to 9pm
    • Private Room – 10am to 10pm
    • No more than three at a bedside.

    Pediatrics

    • 24 hours / 7 days a week (parents/legal guardian or support person designated to relieve parent/legal guardian when needed unlimited)
    • Siblings may visit at the discretion of the charge nurse
    • General visiting – 10am to 9pm

    Intensive Care Unit and Cardiac Intensive Care

    • 24 hours / 7 days a week
    • Quiet Time Hours are 7am to 9am and 7pm to 9pm
    • Visitors will be asked to leave the room to enable the nurse to provide personal or emergent care to your loved one. You may be asked to go to the waiting room at this time.
    • Please do not stand in the hallways or at the Nurse’s Station.
    • Only two (2) people allowed at the bedside.
    • No food, drinks or flowers in the room.
    • Cell phones must be used only in the waiting room.
    • No children under the age of 12 can visit in the Critical Care areas without pre-arrangement with the Nurse Manager/designee.

    Operating Room

    Visitors are not permitted to enter the Operating Rooms.

    Post Anesthesia Care Unit

    • General visitation is at the discretion of the PACU staff
    • Parents / guardians of pediatric patients are allowed in the PACU during an appropriate phase of the child’s recovery from anesthesia.

    Cardiac Cath Lab Recovery Area

    Visitation is at the discretion of the staff.

    Emergency Department

    • One (1) visitor, family member or support person may stay with the patient.
    • Pediatric Patients may have both parents at the bedside.
    • Visitors must remain in the room and avoid standing in doorways, halls and staff areas.

    Behavioral Health Unit

    • The Behavioral Health Unit is a locked inpatient unit.
    • Visitation is strictly monitored
    • For Behavioral Health Unit visiting hours or information contact the Nurses’ Station at 570-703-8731.

    Other Considerations

    • Because we want our patients to rest, only three guests may visit in a patient room at a time.
    • Many G-CMC patients are susceptible to infections. Please do not visit the hospital if you have any signs of communicable illnesses, such as a cough or a fever. If our staff suspects that you have an infection or contagious disease, you will not be able to visit your loved one to ensure their health. Also, visitors are asked to use public restrooms located throughout the facility rather than use bathrooms in patient rooms to prevent the spread of disease.
    • Flowers and plants are beautiful, but they can increase the risk of infection for patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) and others with weaker immune systems. If you aren’t sure if it’s safe to bring flowers or plants, it’s probably better not to do so. Or you may ask the patient’s nurse if it’s OK. All Latex balloons are prohibited for safety reasons.
    • Please note that we reserve the right to limit visitation to maintain the best interests of patients, families, visitors, and staff.
    • In order to maintain a healing environment, visitors will be asked to leave the premises if they become disruptive or interfere with the general comfort and care of other patients, visitors or staff.
    • For the safety and health of our patients, visitors and staff, no smoking is allowed on the G-CMC campus, inside or outside. Alcohol is also prohibited.
    • We ask that you limit cell phone usage in patient care areas.
    • After-hours visiting will be allowed with approval of the nursing supervisor or unit charge nurse. All visitors entering the building after 9 p.m. must enter through the Emergency Department. From the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., all visitors will be issued a Visitor ID Pass after showing proof of identification in the form of a picture i.d. and signing the G-CMC Visitor Log.