Family and Visitor Guidelines

Family is defined as persons who are related to the patient in any way; biologically, legally, or emotionally. The definition of family, as well as the degree of the family’s involvement in health care, is determined by the patient, provided that he or she is developmentally mature and competent to do so. There are no specific "visiting hours" for family members, but families are encouraged to speak with the bedside nurse since each patient's condition is different.

One designated adult family member of the patient’s preference is welcome to stay overnight depending on the patient’s need for medical care, rest, privacy, or safety.

Children must be supervised by an adult, other than the patient, at all times.

Staff may request that the family members leave the room during a medical procedure, treatment, emergency, or to ensure the patient’s privacy, rest or comply with the patient’s preference.

Visitors

Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center recognizes visitors as an important part of the patient’s wellbeing. Visitors are those who come to spend time with the patient, but are not recognized by the patient as their family.

Visitors have different access and restrictions than the family.

  • Please see our Visitation Hours and Policy.
  • Staff will request that visitors leave the room during a medical procedure, treatment, emergency, or to ensure the patient’s privacy, rest or preference.

General Guidelines

The following applies to family members and visitors:

  • Anyone exposed to or having a communicable disease such as tuberculosis, chicken pox, measles, mumps, rubella, pertussis, impetigo, the flu, or a cold should not visit patients.
  • The number of people permitted at the patient bedside should be determined by the patient’s condition, preference and physical space constrains.
  • The Hospital Main Entrance is locked form 9:30pm to 5:00am. If you are called by the staff to come to the hospital during these hours, a security office will meet you at the main entrance for entry.

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