For Visitors

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.
  • One (1) visitor is allowed at a time for each patient, unless otherwise indicated in the unit-specific 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 given time.
  • 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 all times).
  • 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 parent/guardian.
  • 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 left alone.
  • 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

General Guidelines

  • 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.

Additional Guidelines

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 recovery period.

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)

  • 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.
Visits to Patients with Isolation Precautions
  • 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 in policy.