Culbertson Memorial Hospital understands visitors play an important role in a patient's period of recovery. However, visitors should consider a patient's need for rest and quiet. Our patients are our top priority, so if we see visitors are staying too long, we may kindly ask the visitors to leave. In addition, during times of flu outbreaks or other special conditions, visitors will be either severely restricted or disallowed altogether.
Notice of Visitation Rights
Culbertson Memorial Hospital recognizes and respects our patients as individuals with unique needs, who should be treated with dignity and granted the power of informed choice with hospital visitation.
- Patients will be informed of their visitation rights, including any clinical restriction or limitation at the time they are informed of other patient rights.
- Patients have the right, subject to their consent, to receive any visitor, whom he or she designates, including, but not limited to a spouse, domestic partner, another family member or a friend.
- Proof of a relationship between a patient and a visitor will be required only when the patient is incapacitated and there is a clear dispute between two or more people over whether a particular person will be allowed to visit.
- Clinically appropriate restrictions on visitation privileges will be applied as necessary.
- Visiting hours will be 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. in order for routine patient care and procedures to be performed. Visits outside normal visiting hours will be allowed in situations to include, but not limited to, patient’s condition, provider consultations and family/support person’s schedules.
- Restrictions will be placed on visiting when clinically appropriate. Examples of clinically appropriate restrictions include but are not limited to: patient is undergoing care interventions, infection control issues, disruptive, threatening or violent behavior by visitors, existing court order and patient need for privacy or rest.
- Appropriate visiting will be at the discretion of the nurse in charge.
- Infant visits are not advisable unless the patient is a parent and children less than 5 years of age will have visits limited to short periods of time. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times and should remain in the room or waiting areas.
- Duration of visits or numbers of visitors can be limited by the charge nurse if it is felt to be in the best interest of the patient.
- Visiting may be restricted at the discretion of the hospital administration with high incidence of an infectious disease or process in the community.
- Staff will treat all visitors with respect and politeness.
- Confidentially will be maintained.
- Ensure patients and support persons are aware of visitation guidelines and patient rights.
- Visitors will treat staff with respect and politeness.
- Visitors should not enter any room posted with a "no visitors" sign.
- For patient and visitor safety, visitors should wash their hands before and after visiting a patient.
- Visitors will be responsible and in control of their children if they are visiting.
- Visitors are asked not to visit if they are ill, or might be an infection risk to others.
- Visitors will be responsible for the safety and security of their belongings
- Visitors are asked to check with the nursing staff before bringing in food for patient consumption.
- Visitors are asked not to eat meals in a patient’s room. Meals should be taken in the cafeteria, located on the lower level. Special permission to dine with a patient in their room may be granted in certain circumstances. Please check with the nurse in charge if you have questions.
Sarah D. Culbertson Memorial Hospital is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is not permitted anywhere on our campus.