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Family and Friends are Part of Our Healing Environment

We recognize how important it is that our patients have a caring environment that includes family and friends. Visitors will be accommodated as much as possible, with consideration for other patients and overall patient care.

We also are committed to open and honest communication with family members and we encourage their participation in the patient’s care. Caregivers may remain with patients except during tests or treatments.

We ask visitors to:

  • Dress appropriately, including shirts and shoes
  • Not visit the hospital when they have colds, sore throats or any contagious diseases
  • Understand if they are asked temporarily to leave the room during tests or treatments or when the doctor or nurse needs to see the patient
  • Support our quiet/healing environment and avoid unnecessary noise
  • Be considerate of both patients in semi-private rooms

Visitors under the influence of recreational drugs or alcohol, or exhibiting disorderly conduct, including the use of profanity and verbal threats, will be asked to leave the hospital and may be reported to the police.

Condition Reports

Any personal information about the patient’s diagnosis and treatment must come from the patient’s physician and will only be made available to those approved by the patient.

Gifts for Patients

Visitors should check with the nurse before bringing gifts, plants, food or drink to patients. Because latex allergies are becoming more common in patients and staff, latex balloons are not permitted.

Pastoral Care

At Good Samaritan, the services of the hospital chaplains are available to you or members of your family. A chaplain is in the hospital on weekdays from 8am to 4:30pm. If you would like a visit from a chaplain, please inform your nurse. In addition, pastoral care is available on an on-call basis at night or on weekends.

Many patients want the support of their own church’s pastor. If this is the case, Good Samaritan’s chaplains can notify your pastor of your request.

Our Chaplains are available to respond immediately to emergencies 24 hours a day. Call 253-697-1781