Message to Visitors
Hand hygiene is the single most important way of preventing infection. Physicians and all healthcare workers are encouraged to cleanse their hands between every patient contact. You, as a visitor, can also help prevent infection in the hospital through hand hygiene.
Please help us keep our hospital clean by cleansing your hands at the following times:
- Before visiting a patient, especially if the patient has a weakened immune system (e.g., oncology)
- After coughing, sneezing or blowing your nose
- After using the restroom
- Before and after eating
- After handling a patient’s flowers or plants
- After visiting a patient in isolation, even if gloves are worn
- An alcohol-based hand rub may be used to clean the hands when hands are not visibly soiled. These are found in the patient’s room.
Hand-washing can also keep YOU safe from colds, flu and gastric upsets since many viruses are passed from hand to hand. Do not be afraid to remind members of the healthcare team to cleanse their hands.
For further information on what you can do to prevent infection please see Preventing Infections.
If you have or any other visitor has symptoms of undiagnosed rash, or sore throat, please avoid patient contact until symptoms have resolved. Children, especially, can carry many different viruses to compromise patients.
There are many times when patients may need to be placed in isolation. This is done to prevent the passing of infection from one patient to another. Depending on the reason for isolation, you may be asked to wear a mask, gown or gloves, or perhaps all of them when visiting. Check with a nurse to clarify the specific requirements for isolation. Please help us by following our isolation rules, and remember to wash your hands after leaving an isolation room.
Visitors may take their meals to a patient's room or dine in the Creekside Café, located on the first floor of the West Pavilion, just past the gift shop. When taking food out of the dining room we request that all beverages and food items be covered. This protects against spills in the hallways and helps us to maintain a safe environment in the hospital.
Cafeteria Hours are as Follows:
Monday through Friday
Night Shift — 2:30 am –4:30 am
Breakfast — 7:00 am –10:00 am
Lunch and Dinner — 11:00 am–7:30 pm (Hot entrees available 11–2 pm and 5–7 pm)
7:30–10:00 am, 1:00 am–2:00 pm & 5:00 pm –7:30 pm
7:30–10:00 am, 1:00 am–2:00 pm & 4:30 pm–7:30 pm
Vending machines are located in the cafeteria and are accessible 24 hours a day for visitor convenience during hours of limited cafeteria service.
Plants and Flowers
For health reasons, flowers and plants may not be received in the Critical Care Department. A volunteer can help you water your plants and flowers during your stay in other units.