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Visiting Hours

Visiting Hours

In the spirit of patient centered care, we no longer have set visiting hours. Visiting hours are twenty-four hours, seven days a week on all units, unless restricted by the attending physician. The number of visitors and length of visitation on the Special Care Unit (30A/I) may be restricted based upon patient and/or family wishes, unit activity, and/or assessment of the patient. Other units may also restrict hours depending upon the activity of the unit. Visitors are limited to two adults, as general policy. Children under 15 years of age may visit but must check in at the unit/living center desk with nursing staff.

Library

The Patient Library is located in Room 24, ground level of Building 211 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., and 12 Noon to 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Magazines and newspapers are sent to all units. Books can be checked out for a two-week period and may be renewed if no one else is waiting for them. Checked out books must be returned when a patient is discharged. Stamps, writing paper, and envelopes are available for Veterans upon request. Newspapers from the local area are available for reading in the Patient Library.

Recorded books and magazines for the physically and/or visually challenged are also available. Two audiovisual rooms are usually available for viewing videocassettes. The Library offers a variety of entertainment and patient health education programs via Closed Circuit Television (CCTV – Channels 3 and 7) to patients on the units and in outpatient waiting areas. One copy of the weekly CCTV schedule is mailed to each unit. Additional copies of the CCTV schedules are available in the Patient Library, or a staff member can be contacted for an additional copy.

Newspapers

Daily newspapers are available for purchase at the North entrance of Building 28, Canteen Service, and in the Admissions Area of Building 31.

Patient And Family Health Education Resources

During your visit, please stop by the Patient Education Resource Center (PERC), located in Building 31, room 2-207a. The PERC provides health, wellness, and medical information for patients and their families. Pamphlets are available to take home and videos are available on a variety of topics to view in the PERC.

Be a partner in your health care. Having access to educational resources and information on health will help patients become more involved in decisions about health care. Feel free to stop in and browse Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

While in the PERC use the My HealtheVet computer designed specifically for Veterans and their families. It will help Veterans work better with healthcare providers to achieve the best possible health. You may also access My HealtheVet at home on the Internet.

Smoke-Free Environment

Smoking and side effects of smoking have been determined to be a health hazard, even to non-smokers. In your own interest, as well as that of others, we ask that you and your visitors comply with a few simple rules.

Smoking is prohibited in all buildings at the Medical Center. Smoking is allowed outside in designated areas only. Please place all cigarette butts in the receptacles outside in order to keep the Medical Center clean.

VA General Visitation Policy

The medical center respects the patient's right to make decisions about his or her care, treatment and services, and to involve the patient's family in care, treatment, and services decisions to the extent permitted by the patient or surrogate decision-maker. "Family" is defined as a group of two or more persons united by blood, or adoptive, martial, domestic partnership, or other legal ties. The family may also be a person or persons not legally related to the individual (such as significant other, friend or caregiver) whom the individual considers to be family. A family member may be the surrogate decision-maker, as defined in VHA Handbook 1004.02, if authorized to make care decisions for the individual, should he or she lose decision-making capacity or choose to delegate decision making to another. The medical center allows a family member, friend or other individual to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of stay. The medical center allows for the presence of a support individual of the patient's choice, unless the individual's presence infringes on other's rights or safety, or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated. The individual may or may not be the patient's surrogate decision-maker or legally authorized representative. The hospital prohibits discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.