Visiting Guidelines
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Visiting Guidelines

At Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, our administration, nursing staff and physicians are committed to the best in patient care practices.  We are committed to delivering quality care, while maintaining a patient/family-centered atmosphere.  Our patients' families play an important role in the healing process and often times assist in identifying and responding to patient concerns.  

General visiting hours: 9a.m. to 8p.m. daily  

In most areas there are no age restrictions for visitors. However, the units listed below have different visiting hours and/or age limitations:

ICU/CCU:  Visiting hours are 10a.m. to 6p.m.; 8p.m. - 8:15p.m.

Pediatrics:  Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit and participate in their child's care anytime during the day and evening. Due to space restraints, only one parent/guardian may stay overnight. During the acute phase of an infections illness, visitors are limited to immediate family only. Visitors under the age of 12 are limited to siblings of the patient.


NICU:  The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System fosters the philosophy of family centered care. Parents/guardians are encouraged to visit and participate in the feeding and care of their infant. In general, visitation in the NICU is limited to parents and grandparents for the first 24 hours. Thereafter, other visitors may accompany the parent. Parents may provide a list of persons who are authorized to visit the infant when parents are not present. Photo ID may be required.

Visiting hours are as flexible as possible for the convenience of the family. In order to maintain patient confidentiality, visitors will NOT be allowed in the NICU during change of shift report: 7 to 7:30am; 3 to 3:30pm; 11 to 11:30pm, or during work rounds.  Exceptions may be made for breastfeeding mothers.  Siblings may visit with completion of the “visitation checklist.”


Labor/Delivery:  When a patient is in labor, she determines who may visit her throughout the labor process. Only the children of the patient who are under the age of 12 may visit. Children under the age of 12 must be supervised by an adult (not the patient) at all timesand not be disruptive to nursing staff or other patients. Visiting hours are not restricted for laboring patients unless medically indicated.

Mother/Baby:  In order to provide time for new mothers to rest and recover, we have established quiet time from 2 to 4p.m. each day. During quiet time, visiting is not prohibited, but we request you respect this time as a window of rest for our new families.
After a patient transfers to the Mother/Baby Unit, regular visiting hours apply. Visitors should limit the time of their visits to allow the new mother and baby time to rest and bond and for the necessary patient education. The father of the baby or significant other is allowed to visit at any time and may stay overnight in the mother’s room. Only children of the patient who are under the age of 12 may visit. Children under the age of 12 must be supervised by an adult (not the patient) at all times and not be disruptive to nursing staff or other patients. Please limit the number of visitors to two at a time. The father of the baby/significant other and siblings are not counted as visitors.

Emergency Department:  Two visitors per patient are allowed in the treatment area unless otherwise authorized by the medical staff.  Visitors can wait in the Emergency Department waiting area.  Please limit the number of visitors in the waiting area to two visitors per patient as a courtesy to other families sharing this small area.