Visits from Friends and Relatives

Children who are hospitalized may benefit from a visit from brothers, sisters or friends. If you would like to arrange for them to visit your child, tell the nurse, who can determine if your child is medically stable to receive visitors.

When visiting children arrive, the nurse will ask you to complete a health checklist for those under age 13. This health checklist is completed to protect both the patient and the sibling or visiting child. Please let your friends and relatives know how important it is to protect hospitalized children and not to visit other children’s rooms.

Friends and relatives are welcome to visit until 9 p.m. If other family members come with you to the hospital, they should make overnight arrangements at a nearby hotel. If you need assistance in making arrangements, please ask your child’s nurse.

Visitation Reminders

  • For the protection of all children, plan visits by young children ahead of schedule with the nursing staff.
  • Children or any guests with colds, coughs, diarrhea or other contagious illnesses should remain home until they are well.
  • Children and adults who have been exposed to contagious diseases, such as chicken pox, must talk with the nurse before visiting.
  • The preferred number of visitors in a child’s room is two per patient, although special arrangements can be made to accommodate more visitors.
  • Children under age 13 may visit after the nurse completes a form. To protect our sick children, visiting children and siblings must be up-to-date with their immunizations and must not have been sick within the last 48 hours.

Pediatric Intensive Care Unit

The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) provides the highest level of care for children and families. You may be with your child 24 hours a day in the PICU. Due to limited space, only two individuals should visit at a time unless special needs arise. For the safety of your child and other children in the unit, anyone wanting to enter the PICU should first call the unit by using the intercom outside the door. Parents and guests must wash their hands before entering a child’s room.

Several sleep rooms are provided in the pediatric intensive care unit as well as recliners at the PICU patients’ bedsides for your comfort. Lockers are also available for your convenience to store personal items. Additional family areas are on the fourth and fifth floors.

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) provides the highest level of care for premature, sick infants and their families. As family members, you may be with your baby 24 hours a day. For the comfort of other families and babies, two individuals may visit at a time. If siblings visit your hospitalized child, immunizations must be up-to-date and verified for children under age 6. Upon entering the NICU, everyone must wash their hands for three minutes before touching the baby. If an emergency arises, family and friends may be asked to leave the room to provide space for emergency equipment and staff.