At Valley Presbyterian Hospital, we permit visiting 24/7 to provide healing
and comfort to patients. Family and friends may visit at any time, as
appropriate to the patient's care and privacy. General visiting procedures
and unit-specific guidelines are below.
General Visiting Procedures
Please follow these procedures when planning your visit. Additional guidelines
are found below for specific hospital units.
- Our patients, if able, determine who visits them and when. If the patient
wishes, visitors and families are welcome 24 hours a day.
- Some restrictions on the number of visitors may apply in certain specialty
areas as indicated in the unit guidelines below.
- Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied to the patient's room
by an adult who is not the patient.
- Please obtain a visitor ID badge from the concierge or security in the
hospital lobby (main lobby, west lobby or Emergency entrance lobby).
- Visitors are asked to sign in and disclose any present signs of illness
that may pose a risk to the patient. To protect our patients' health,
as well as your own, we ask that loved ones avoid visiting if they are sick.
- The nurse caring for the patient, in collaboration with the attending physician
and/or nurse administrator, may alter the visitation policy.
Same Day Surgery (SDS)
- Two (2) visitors at a time per patient are permitted and upon the discretion
of the nurse taking care of the patient.
Pre-Operative Holding Area
- One (1) visitor at a time per patient are permitted to visit.
- No children under the age of 14 are permitted to visit.
Post Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU)
- One (1) member of a patient's family may be permitted to visit a pediatric
patient, upon the discretion of the nurse taking care of the patient.
Acute Care Services (Medical/Surgical unit)
- Children 4 years of age and older are permitted to visit.
- No more than four (4) visitors are permitted to visit a patient at any
- For hospice and deceased patients, the number of visitors permitted is
at the discretion of the nurse taking care of the patient.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
- Only two (2) visitors at the bedside, per patient, at one time.
- One visitor at the bedside must be a parent/guardian with a wristband (at
- Visitation is limited to parents only for patients in isolation rooms and
during change of shift hours.
- Siblings of the patient, between 4-16 years of age, may visit with a banded
- Sibling's vaccination record must be up to date and on file in the
NICU prior to visiting.
- All children need adult supervision in the waiting room and may not be
- The NICU staff may ask visitors to temporarily leave the bedside during
patient procedures or emergencies.
- Visitation is limited to parents only during change of shift between 6:30
AM - 7:30 AM and 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM.
Pediatrics (PEDS) and Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU)
- Parents, legal guardians, or one (1) family-designated caregiver/support
person may visit 24 hours a day.
- Please note the number of visitors may be limited by nursing staff depending
on the illness of the patient.
- Visitation is limited to parents, legal guardians, or one family-designated
caregiver/support person only during change of shift between 6:30 AM -
7:30 AM and 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM.
- The staff may ask visitors to temporarily leave the bedside during patient
procedures or emergencies.
Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
- One (1) to two (2) visitors at a time per patient are permitted and at
the discretion of the nurse caring for the patient.
- To ensure visitor and patient safety, children under the age of 16 may
require approval by nursing leadership.
Maternity / Women's Services
- The father of the baby or the significant other, designated by the baby's
mother, has 24 hour visiting privileges.
- Overnight accommodations are available for one (1) support person to spend
the night. Our family birthing suites offer the comforts of home, including
a sleeper chair.
- All visitors need to be free from contagious illness and colds.
- Children under 16 should always be accompanied by an adult and are not
permitted to stay overnight.
- When not in the patient's room, all visitors should return to the designated
waiting areas of the hospital, not wait in unit hallways or block unit doorways.
- All visitors must wash their hands before holding or touching a newborn.
- In order to maintain a clean and hygienic environment, we ask that you
eat and drink only in designated waiting areas, and place all trash and
debris in the appropriate trash can.
- In order to ensure patient privacy and a smooth transition from one shift
to the other, visitors will be asked to wait in the designated waiting
rooms during shift report times between 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM and 7:00 PM
- 7:45 PM.
- For the safety of our patients, latex balloons are not allowed.
Non-Stress Tests (NST)
- All visitors and children will be asked to remain in the designated waiting
area during the NST procedure; one support person may be allowed in the
ultrasound room (dependent on patient condition).
Obstetrical Triage (OBT)
- A maximum of one (1) visitor at a time.
- No children under the age of 16 are allowed in this area.
Antepartum & Maternity (AP / PP)
- The number of visitors allowed depends on the patient's condition and request.
Labor & Delivery (L&D)
- Only visitors designated by the mother may witness the birth or visit during labor.
- A maximum of one (1) support person during a cesarean delivery and the
The Golden Hour (Women's)
- During the "Golden Hour," the first hour of a new baby's
life, all visitors will be restricted in the birthing suites. This will
be a time for establishing bonding time between parents and the newborn,
regulating the newborn's body temperature, and assuring neonatal stability.
Daily Quiet (Women's)
Visits to Patients with Isolation Precautions
- In order to help our mothers and babies get the proper rest they need prior
to being discharged, there is a Daily Quiet Time in all of Women's
Services. Daily Quiet Time is between the hours of 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM each day.
- A system for visitors to leave notes for a new mother is available should
visitors arrive during Daily Quiet Time hours.
- Visitors to a patient on isolation precautions must check with a nurse
for specific instructions, prior to entering the patient's room.
- Visitors should wear personal protective equipment described on the isolation
precaution sign on the door to the patient's room and as outlined