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You play a key role in your loved one’s healing process. We strive to facilitate the comprehensive care of our patients, a vision that extends to every aspect of what we do. Our visiting guidelines are created to foster a family-centered atmosphere—something we believe is vital to a healthy, full recovery.

Thank you for choosing us for your healthcare needs. It is critically important that we protect our patients, their families, our staff and the community while we continue to provide high-quality care at our hospital and clinics.

This is the most current information. Please know that we might need to adjust these hours if the situation changes.

The California Department of Public Health recently announced a new order that will go into effect August 11 for all California hospitals. All Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital visitors will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of their visit. A visitor is defined as anyone who is visiting a patient or a staff member. There will be exceptions for critical condition or end-of-life patients. Visitors who are partially vaccinated – those who have received only their first vaccine dose or those whose second dose was less than two weeks ago – will have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

No visitors will be allowed into the hospital or clinics except under the following special circumstances:

  • 1 designated adult visitor per patient will be allowed between 10am and 8pm. Exchanges allowed only in Pediatrics, NICU and in circumstances as directed by the Charge Nurse.
  • 1 visitors for Emergency Department patients.
  • 1 visitors for Medical/Surgical and Telemetry Non COVID+ patients between the hours of 10am - 8 pm.
  • 1 parent, legal guardians or parent defined visitor for NICU and Pediatric patients.

  • 1 support partners in the Labor & Delivery, Obstetric Emergency Department (OB-ED) and Mother/Baby units.
  • One caregiver as a constant companion who actively assists with the patient’s care 24/7.
  • 1 visitors for ICU Non COVID+ patients between the hours of 10am – 8 pm.
  • End of Life remains 2 designated visitors 24/7 with additional 8 who can be exchanged. List to be provided to concierge.
  • One assistant during an outpatient appointment who needs help walking, getting to the bathroom or understanding instructions.
  • One support person for pre/post procedures.
  • Only 14 years and older may visit.

In addition to the restrictions listed above:

  • No visitors will be allowed for suspected or actual COVID-19 patients.
    • Exceptions: Pediatrics, NICU, Perinatal Services & directed by the Administrative Supervisor.
  • All will be screened before entering SVMHS facilities.

Have questions about visiting hours? You can call 831-757-3627 for answers.

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