Visiting Guidelines for SVMHS
You play a key role in your loved one’s healing process. We at Salinas
Valley Memorial Healthcare System (SVMHS), recognize this. We strive to
facilitate the comprehensive care of our patients, a vision that extends
to every aspect of what we do. Our visiting policies are created to foster
a family-centered atmosphere—something we believe is vital to a
healthy, full recovery.
For the protection of you and our patients, the following visiting guidelines
are in effect. Only visitors 14 and older are allowed in patient care
areas. Visiting hours are between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm. Please limit visits
in patient rooms to 15 minutes. Anyone with flu symptoms or recently exposed
to the flu virus is not allowed in patient care areas. Please help reduce
the risk of infection.
General Visiting Hours
Our general visiting hours are:
- 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday - Sunday
Most of our departments have no age restrictions or other restrictions,
though there are some exceptions listed below.
Intensive Care Unit (ICU) & Critical Care Unit (CCU)
Our ICU/CCU visiting hours are:
- 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; 8 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.
We know how important a parent’s love is during a child’s recovery.
You will be welcomed to participate in your child’s care at any
time during the day and evening while your child is staying with us in
our pediatric care unit. Due to space limitations, we ask that no more
than one parent stay with their child overnight. During the acute phase
of an infectious illness, only immediate family members will be allowed
to visit. Please keep in mind that visitors other than siblings must be
age 12 or over.
Norman P. Andresen, MD Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Your involvement in the care of your child is fundamental and it is our
mission to support your role during your child’s stay in our NICU.
For this reason, our visiting hours are kept flexible. Parents are encouraged
to participate in the feeding and care of their infant and may visit at any time.
In the interest of maintaining patient confidentiality, visitors, other
than parents, are NOT allowed during:
- Change of shift report: 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.; and 7 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- During work rounds
Please note that:
For the first 24 hours, only parents and grandparents are permitted to visit.
After the first 24 hours, visitors may accompany parents.
- Parents may provide us with a list of visitors authorized to see the infant
when the parents are absent. Photo identification may be required.
- Siblings will be permitted to visit after completing our “visitation
Labor & Delivery
The expecting mother is given control over who may visit her during the
labor process. Children under 12 may visit if they are the children of
the patient in labor and must be supervised by an adult—who is not
the patient—at all times so as to avoid disruption to the nursing
staff and other patients. Patients in labor may have up to a total of
four (4) adult visitors at any time, unless restrictions are necessary
due to medical reasons.
Patients in our Mother/Baby Unit may welcome visitors during regular visiting
hours. Fathers/significant others are welcome at any time and may stay
overnight in the mother’s room. We ask that the number of visitors
be limited to two at a time, with the exception of the father of the baby/significant
other and the baby’s siblings, who are always welcome and not considered
visitors. Children under 12 may visit and must be supervised by an adult
other than the patient at all times in order to avoid disruption to nursing
We ask that visitors to our Mother/Baby Unit remember the following:
- An established Quiet Time is observed from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. each day to
allow mothers and babies to rest. Quiet Time will be announced on the
Mother/Baby Unit and visitors are asked to return after 4 p.m.
Visitors are limited in our Emergency Department treatment areas to two
per patient unless authorization has been received from our medical staff.
Other visitors may stay in our waiting area. Due to space limitations,
we ask that visitors in our waiting area be limited to two per patient.
We believe that family and loved ones play a vital role in the patient
recovery process here at SVMHS. Have questions about visiting hours? You
can call 831-757-3627 for answers.