Visiting Hours and Guidelines | UnityPoint Health Grinnell Regional Me
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Visiting Hours and Guidelines

Family and friends are welcome to visit patients in the medical center. We understand the important connection between having those who support and nurture you at your side during a hospitalization. Family wishing to stay with the patient through the night should check with the nurse before 9 p.m.

Please ask the nursing staff in the intensive care unit and the Kintzinger Women's Health Center for visiting guidelines. Hospice patients may have visitors 24 hours a day.

Quiet Time

We observe a quiet hour from 3 to 4 p.m. daily across all inpatient departments. Please schedule your visit around this time. Patients will receive any required cares, medications, and treatments; however, the intent is to allow patients a quiet, uninterrupted rest time.

Visitor Guidelines

  • May not use tobacco in the building or on GRMC property.
  • Should dress appropriately and must wear shirts and shoes.
  • With colds, sore throats or any contagious diseases should not visit patients.
  • Should keep a quiet environment and avoid unnecessary noise.
  • May be asked to leave the room during tests and treatments or when the doctor or staff needs to see or assist the patient.
  • Should be respectful to the needs of patients and plan their visit with this in mind.

ICU Visitation

The following policy highlights can help us focus on patient care, safety and keep you informed.

  • On admission to the ICU, patient care partners will be determined and they may call for information via the phone in regards to the patient. If other family members do call, they will be referred to the designated partner and will be given a patient status report only. 
  • We request no visits from 6:30 until 8 a.m. and 6:30 until 8 p.m. 
  • Visitors will be limited to three at a time. If a visitor is less than 13 years of age, please discuss with nursing staff whether they may visit before bringing them into the ICU. An adult must supervise children at all times. 
  • Cell phones at the patient's bedside disturb the technical instruments used to monitor patients. Please turn cell phones off when entering ICU. 
  • Refrain from bringing food and drink into ICU patients' rooms. 

For additional information on our policies regarding visitors in ICU, please speak with a nurse.