Lake Regional policies help our health care team provide the best care. Please review the following guidelines with your loved ones.
- Visitors may not smoke on hospital grounds.
- Visitors must dress appropriately. Shirts and shoes are required.
- Visitors should avoid unnecessary noise.
- People with colds, sore throats or other contagious diseases should not visit patients. This is for the safety of your loved one.
- To ensure the privacy of our patients, visitors may be asked to leave the room during tests, treatments or physician consultations.
Unit-Specific Visiting Hours
Family members and friends are welcome to visit. However, patient care is our primary concern. To enhance the quality of care, specific visiting hours and regulations have been established for each unit.
Intensive Care Unit
The ICU allows open visiting. The number of visitors allowed is determined based on patient needs and patient requests. Children under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult, and this is to be arranged with the nurse beforehand, except during a critical event. Visitors are asked to remain in the patient's room during visits. Cellphone use should be limited while in the room, and cellphones are not to be used in the hallways. On occasion, visitors may be asked to go to the waiting area during a test or procedure. Unit doors also may be closed for patient safety as needed. Food brought from outside should be approved with a nurse first.
Open visiting is observed, except in events of a critical nature. Nursing services and medical staff will assess and establish a visiting plan on an individual basis if deemed necessary.
Parents are encouraged to stay with children whenever possible.
Stepdown Unit patients enjoy open visiting. Each patient may have only two visitors at a time, except during critical events. Children under age 12 may visit for short periods and must be accompanied by an adult. In semiprivate rooms, overnight visitation arrangements are evaluated by Nursing Services to include determination of sleeping arrangements. The number of visitors allowed is determined based on patient needs and patient request.
Skilled Nursing Facility
Residents at Lake Regional's Skilled Nursing Facility have the right to receive visitors at any time for patients in private rooms. For those in semiprivate rooms, visitors of the opposite sex of the patient are not allowed after 8 p.m. Also, the number of visitors is limited to two at a time, so long as it is conducive to the recovery and wellness of the patients. Visitors are encouraged to visit patients in the day room.
Overnight Guest Guidelines
Because of our limited space, please plan to spend the night only if your loved one is a pediatric patient or critically ill. If you provide a phone number, the nursing staff will contact you if the patient's condition changes. Also, you are welcome to call during the night to ask the nurse for updates on your relative's condition. Remember to have the passcode available.
Staying Overnight in a Visitor Lounge:
- Overnight guests must be 18 or older.
- Please limit guests to two family members.
- Obtain a visitor pass from nursing staff.
- No personal linens or electric appliances.
Visitors are encouraged to use the public restrooms throughout the hospital. Bathrooms in patient rooms are reserved for patients to protect their health. To locate a restroom, please refer to the Visitor Guide or ask a member of your care team.
Cellphones are prohibited in areas where telemetry is in use. Signs are posted in applicable locations throughout the hospital.