Visiting Hours Encourage Friends and Family to Spend Time with Patients
University Hospitals Geauga Medical Center encourages family members and friends of patients to visit frequently. While we have no formal visiting hours, and try to be as flexible as possible to meet you and your support persons’ needs, under certain circumstances it may be necessary to limit visitation. For instance, visitation may be restricted to abide by a patient’s preferences, to control the spread of infection, to heed a physician or nurse’s best clinical judgment or if visitation interferes with the care of the patient or other patients, to maintain privacy or to ensure a quiet, restful atmosphere for a patient or a patient’s roommate. You are entitled to an explanation whenever a restriction is placed on visitation.
General University Hospitals Visitation Guidelines for Adult Patients:
- Please check with the nurse for any specific visitation guidelines for your nursing unit.
- Our recommendation is to limit the number of support persons (visitors) at any one time. Our suggestion is two per patient.
- Please check with nursing personnel before visiting with children and infants.
- Please don’t visit if you are sick or might have a cold or other illness.
- Ensure that children who visit are supervised by an adult other than the patient.
- Keep voices low.
- Please do not bring latex balloons to the hospital.
Medical Surgical Units
Open visitation during visiting hours is welcomed as patient condition and unit activity allows.
Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Visitors must be immediate family members or a person designated by the patient. Children under the age of 13 are not permitted. Our visiting guidelines for the ICU are designed to allow visitation while giving each patient the best possible chance of overcoming serious illness. Visitors should use the phone outside the ICU entrance to check with the nurse prior to visiting.
Center for Women’s Health
Support persons may visit at any time. Open visitation during visiting hours is welcomed as patient condition and unit activity allows. To protect our newborns, no visitors should come to the floor if they have any symptoms of illness.
Behavioral Health Unit
Because behavioral health care features unique and often personal elements, the unit has special visiting procedures designed to enhance care and protect patient confidentiality. Upon admission, patients are assigned a personal identification number (PIN) that may be given to family and friends. Visitors must have this PIN in order to visit or contact the patient by phone.
All items brought by visitors must be examined by the nursing staff before being given to the patient. Also, patients who have been discharged are not permitted to visit other patients on the unit. Please check with the nurse for additional considerations.
6-7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1-2:30 p.m. & 6-7 p.m. weekends and holidays. Visitors must be 18 years of age or older.
For information such as directions around the hospital, a telephone number to a patient’s room or help getting in touch with a nurse manager, please contact Patient Information or stop by the information desk in the main lobby.
Patient Information: Dial 0, or 440-285-6239 from outside the hospital