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White River Junction VA Medical Center, Vermont

 

Visiting Hours

Medical Center visiting hours are as follows:

General Medical, Surgical, and Psychiatric wards (1-West, 1-South, Ground East):

  • Daily from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
  • Visitors are asked to limit the number of guests to 2 people at the patient’s bedside at a time. Additional visitors may wait in designated day rooms. All children will be under the supervision of an accompanying adult at all times and may never be left unsupervised.
  • Children below the age of 12 years old may visit for a short period of time not to exceed 30 minutes.

 Intensive Care Unit and Post Anesthesia Care Unit:

  • Daily from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.
  • No more than 2 visitors will be permitted at the patient’s bedside while in the ICU or PACU. Additional visitors may wait in designated day/waiting rooms.
  • Children under the age of 12 years old may visit for a short period of time not to exceed 15 minutes. Visitation may be more restricted depending on patient condition. These limitations are designed not only for patient safety, but also with the safety of the child in mind.

Visitation restrictions (number of visitors and duration of visit) may be instituted by the health care team in accordance with the patient's condition and/or ward activity.

 All visitors are asked to leave the Medical Center by 9 PM. Exceptions may include the following:

  • For visitors of hospice patients, families may be permitted to remain beyond normal visitation hours as described in CM 002-10-31.
  • The hospital allows for the presence of a support individual of the patient’s choice, unless the individual’s presence infringes on the others’ rights, safety, or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated. The individual may or may not be the patient’s surrogate decision-maker or legally authorized representative.

Visitors will not be permitted to lodge overnight in dayrooms or waiting areas.

Exceptions to the policy will be at the discretion of the Nursing Supervisor.

VA General Visitation Policy

The medical center respects the patient's right to make decisions about his or her care, treatment and services, and to involve the patient's family in care, treatment, and services decisions to the extent permitted by the patient or surrogate decision-maker. "Family" is defined as a group of two or more persons united by blood, or adoptive, martial, domestic partnership, or other legal ties. The family may also be a person or persons not legally related to the individual (such as significant other, friend or caregiver) whom the individual considers to be family. A family member may be the surrogate decision-maker, as defined in VHA Handbook 1004.02, if authorized to make care decisions for the individual, should he or she lose decision-making capacity or choose to delegate decision making to another. The medical center allows a family member, friend or other individual to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of stay. The medical center allows for the presence of a support individual of the patient's choice, unless the individual's presence infringes on other's rights or safety, or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated. The individual may or may not be the patient's surrogate decision-maker or legally authorized representative. The hospital prohibits discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.