Visitation Policy

Fillmore County Hospital encourages visitors of all ages to be with patients when the patient can benefit. Fillmore County Hospital believes family involvement in patient care promotes optimum healing. Visitors may remain as long as their behaviors are respectful and conducive to a healing environment.

All patients have a right to choose who may visit them during their inpatient stay, regardless of whether the visitor is a family member, a spouse, a domestic partner (including a same-sex domestic partner) or other type of visitor, as well as their right to withdraw such consent to visitation at any time. Visitation privileges will not be denied on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. It is recommended that all visitors shall be clean and have washed their hands prior to a visit. Children shall not be permitted to run in hallways, be loud or aggressive while visiting. Children under the age of 14 years must be accompanied by an adult and have adult supervision while visiting hospital patients. Only a limited number of visitors/children shall be in a patient's room at one time. The charge nurse may consider extenuating circumstances. The charge nurse shall make necessary decisions on a case by case basis as to the patient's condition, children visitors, etc. The charge nurse shall be authorized to, at any time, ask visitors to leave, limit visitors, and control the environment.

Physician orders regarding visitors shall not be necessary unless circumstances are such that the charge nurse is not comfortable making the decision. For example: reverse isolation cases or a critically ill patient where the charge nurse might think it best for no visitors.

In no case will small children be permitted to enter a patient's room who is in isolation for an infectious disease. In cases of reverse isolation, permission to let children enter would require a physician's order.

Charge nurses shall use door signs to control and limit visitors.

Visitors may visit hospital patients during daytime and evening hours. When hospital doors are locked, visitors will be asked to leave. This may be waived in extenuating circumstances, for example, imminent death or someone who may be staying with a patient at night.

Persons with known infectious disease shall not be permitted to be visitors in the hospital.

The need for the hospital to restrict visitation in medically appropriate circumstances may be ordered by the physician.

Labor & Delivery Visitation Policy

1. Visitors will be instructed on policy.

2. Visitors will be limited to 2 during delivery and have signed a Consent to Witness Birth.

3. Visitors will leave room if asked to do so by Fillmore County Hospital staff.

4. Visitors will keep required distance from delivery table as instructed by staff.

5. Any visitor under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult.

6. Visitors must wait in designated waiting areas and not in the hallway.