Visiting Hours & Policy
As a response to the current community situation with COVID-19, we are suspending most in-person visits to our hospitalized patients. The decision to suspend hospital visits was difficult and made only after careful consideration.
We encourage family members and friends to use alternative ways to interact with their loved ones, including phone calls, Face Time, Skype and other means.
We recognize there are times when having a visitor or family member present is crucial. Exemptions may be made for the following circumstances and must be approved by the house manager and/or administrator on call:
Non-Covid Patients who are at the end of life may have two visitors each day.
All patients in CCU/ACU (Covid positive or not) may be allowed to have 1 visitor each day as deemed appropriate by the Intensivist or attending physician.
Covid Patients or suspected covid patients (withdrawal of care where death is imminent) may be moved to a private room and have 2-3 visitors for extubation and visitation. (Please reference the Standard Process for Withdrawal of Life Support for COVID-19 Patients)
- Patients undergoing surgery or procedures may have one single-time visitor immediately after the
- Patients who are minors and those with limited decisional capacity may have a parent or guardian
- Patients who have altered mental status or developmental delays (where caregiver provides safety) may have one visitor.
- Patients with disruptive behavior, where a family member is key to their care, may have one
- Obstetric patients may have one support person accompany them and during the laboring, delivery, and immediate postpartum recovery period may have a 2nd visitor present. Following the recovery period (2 hours) there will be one visitor allowed to visit.
- NICU and Pediatrics may have one or both parents per day who must remain in the room for the duration of the
- Patients in the Emergency Department can have one person to accompany the
- Behavioral Health Patients who are on 1North for long term care may have 2 visitors on the weekends in an area that is separate from the milieu and may be easily cleaned. Up to 2 visitors will be scheduled for 1 patient at a time with a 2 hour window in between visits.
- To ensure a safe discharge process when discharging a patient home staff make every attempt to give discharge instructions to a family member/care giver in addition to the patient themselves. If staff feel the only way to accomplish this safely is to have one family member come to the patient room they may do that and then have the visitor accompany the patient out of the building.
Please note, visitors as listed above are subject to the following guidelines and screening before entering the hospital:
- Visitors will not be allowed if they have symptoms of respiratory infection (fever, runny nose, cough, shortness of breath).
- Visitors allowed must stay in the patient’s room the entire time of the visit. Once the visitor leaves the patient room, they must leave the medical center. Visitors under the age of 16 will not be allowed except under extraordinary circumstances, and no animals other than service animals are
As a patient/family centered hospital, designated Care Partners (including parents and guardians of children under the age of 18) are welcome 24 hours/day 7 days a week unless restrictions apply.
Visitation rights include the right to receive the visitors designated by the patient, including, but not limited to, a spouse, a domestic partner, another family member, or a friend. Also included is the right to withdraw or deny such consent at any time. The hospital allows for the presence of a support individual ofthe patient's choice, unless the individual's presence infringes on other's rights, safety, or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated.
The patient's nurse may limit the number of visitors in the patient's room at any one time due to request by the patient, patient condition, room capacity or other care needs.
To respect the privacy and safety of all patients the number of visitors should be limited. Visitor waiting areas are available on each nursing unit and in the public areas of the hospital for additional visitors waiting their turn with the patient.
Virginia Mason Memorial is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is only allowed in designated areas outside the building please ask a staff member to direct you to the nearest location.
Medical and Surgical Units
Visiting Hours: 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. Adults and well-children of all ages are welcome.
Critical Care Unit (CCU)
Visiting Hours: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. Adults and well-children of all ages are welcome.
Family Birthplace (4th Floor)
Visiting Hours: 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m. During labor and at least one hour after the baby is born, one support person plus 2 adults. (14+ and older).
After the baby is born, one support person and up to 5 visitors. Well-siblings are welcome.
Please limit your visit to 1hour for babies born after regular visiting hours.
Visiting Hours: 7 a.m.- 8 p.m. Adults and siblings of all ages, in good health, are welcome according to unit requirements. Children must be supervised by an adult at all times.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Visiting Hours: 7 a.m.-8 p.m.
Adults and siblings of patient(s) that are 14 years of age and older, whom are in good health, are welcome to visit in NICU at bedside, 3 at a time. For siblings under the age of 14years old, please ask staff or see NICU policy/brochure for further details.
Psychiatric Unit (1N)
Visiting Hours: 5:00-7:00 p.m. Additional hours from Noon - 2 p.m. on weekends and national holidays.
Only visitors designated in the patient's treatment plan will be allowed to visit the patient.