Visiting Hours and Policies
Special Visiting Policy
For the protection of our patients and team members during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, we are putting special restrictions in place for visitors at this time. Please review BJC's Coronavirus page for more information.
Visitors should be free of cold and infection. No more than three visitors per patient (except as noted below).
All Nursing Units
(Except as listed below)
After Normal Visiting Hours
Visitor passes are issued by Safety and Security to visitors who remain after normal visiting hours because of the patient’s condition. This normally involves critical/terminal patients. Only one visitor per patient may stay in the patient’s room after normal visiting hours.
- Visitors are asked not to sit on patient beds.
- Children should be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
- Children under age 6 can visit by special arrangement with the nursing staff.
- Personal pets like a dog or cat may be allowed for patients utilizing the Pet Therapy Program only after approval by the Nurse Manager.
- Please be mindful and respectful of the patient’s condition when determining the length of your visit.
As a visitor, you have the right to be informed of the hospital’s policies and procedures regarding visitation rights of patients, including those setting forth any clinically necessary or reasonable restriction or limitation that the hospital may need to place on such rights and the reason for the clinical restriction or limitation. We must:
- Inform each patient (or support person, where appropriate) of his or her visitation rights, including any clinical restriction or limitation on such rights, when he or she is informed of his or her other rights under this section.
- Inform each patient (or support person, where appropriate) of the right, subject to his or her consent, to receive the visitors whom he or she designates, including, but not limited to, a spouse, a domestic partner (including a same-sex domestic partner), another family member, or a friend, and his or her right to withdraw or deny such consent at any time.
- Not restrict, limit, or otherwise deny visitation privileges on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability.
- Ensure that all visitors enjoy full and equal visitation privileges consistent with patient preferences.
In compliance with the Smoke Free Illinois Act and to promote health and wellness in the community, Memorial Hospital, Memorial Care Center, its diagnostic and physical therapy centers, and its medical office centers are tobacco free. Tobacco use of any kind is not permitted in or on any of Memorial’s properties.
The Smoking Policy also applies to the use of electronic cigarettes. The use of electronic cigarettes and vaping devices is prohibited wherever smoking is prohibited on any of Memorial’s properties.
Smoking cessation resources are available. For more information about the risk of smoking and how to quit, ask your nursing staff, or call the American Lung Association at 1-800-586-4872.