Visiting Hours and Policy

General Information

The presence of loved ones can have a positive effect on patients and can aid in the healing process. We encourage family, healthcare agents, partners or other surrogates to visit and participate in decisions, treatment and daily care plans as determined by the patient.

Each patient has the right to determine who may and may not visit, including but not limited to a spouse, domestic partner, (including same sex domestic partner), another family member, friend or surrogate. The hospital will not restrict, limit, or deny visitation privileges on the basis of age, race, ethnicity, language, national origin, socioeconomic status, mental or physical disability, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.

It is preferred that only two visitors at a time are present at the patient’s bedside, except for private rooms. Children under the age of 16 who are visiting a patient may not be left alone with the patient.

Balloons are not permitted in patient care areas for safety reasons. Flowers and live plants are not permitted on some patient care units. Please check with nursing staff before bringing flowers or plants to patients.

Visiting Hours

We support the philosophy of open visiting hours (24 hrs/7 days) when possible. While a patient may request that a visitor remain at bedside at all times, in some cases this may not be possible, and modifications can be made based on clinical needs as identified by staff caring for the patient and/or patient preference. Arrangements for overnight visitation should be made in advance with the care team.

“Regular visiting hours” may vary for individual units or areas. In general, most areas welcome visitors between 10:00am and 8:00pm.

Special procedures are in place during night-time hours, and visitors must be screened by security and receive a pass. Between 9:00pm and 6:00am all visitors to Tisch Hospital and the Rusk Institute must use the main hospital entrance at 550 First Avenue. Visitors to the Hospital for Joint Diseases should use the hospital entrance on 17th Street. No more than two passes may be issued per patient at one time during the night hours.