Sparrow Ionia Hospital recognizes the value of family and friends in the healing process. Family and friends, in good health, including children accompanied by an adult, are welcome to visit during visiting hours or as arranged to accommodate patient and family needs. We respect our patientsí rights to restrict or refuse visitors.
We ask that you please adhere to the following visiting guidelines:
Anyone recently exposed to a communicable disease (such as chicken pox, measles, whooping cough) should not visit.
We request no more than two visitors with a patient at one time. Patients are often so pleased to know of your concern that they hesitate to mention that theyíre tired, weak or uncomfortable. Please make your visits brief and leave promptly at the end of visiting hours. Visitors may be asked to leave the room during treatments or examinations.
Food is not always an appropriate gift. Please ask the patientís care provider about dietary restrictions before bringing any food or drink to a patient.
Smoking is not allowed in the hospital. As of January 1, 2008 Ionia Hospital will be a Tobacco-Free Campus, which means that smoking will not be allowed anywhere on the hospital grounds that includes the parking lots.
In certain situations, it may be necessary to appoint a member of the family or close friend as a spokesperson to disseminate information to other concerned family members and friends. This will facilitate communication between the patientís family and care providers. Please inform your care provider who your contact person will be and where he or she can be reached.
Patients wishing to restrict visitors should speak with a member of their care team. Please donít hesitate to tell visitors if you are tired and need to rest. We believe an important part of your therapy during your stay at ICMH is visiting with family and friends.
Medical & Surgical Units
All visitors: Usually unrestricted. For the comfort of our patients our suggested visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Children may visit parents and grandparents when accompanied by an adult.
Parents/Grandparents/Guardians: Unrestricted hours. All visitors: 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Immediate family and significant others: 24 hours a day based on patientís condition. Patient's children may visit when accompanied by an adult.
For the security and privacy of our patients, the doors on the Lafayette Street side of the hospital are locked at 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., access is available only through the Emergency/Outpatient Services entrance on Washington Street. All visitors are requested to use the entrance located on Washington St. The Lafayette St. entrance is locked from Friday evening to Monday morning.
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