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Visitation Policy

Sovah Health General Visitation Policy - Effective 5/2/23

  • Open visitation (Exceptions below)
  • Open visitation from 6:00 AM until 9:00 PM
  • Sovah encourages ONE visitor to stay overnight unless additional visitors are needed to ensure patient safety 
  • Family/friends are encouraged to actively participate in bedside shift report at approximately 7:00 AM and 7:00 PM
  • Visitors must remain in the patient room unless requested otherwise by staff for the privacy of other patients
  • Minors must be attended by an adult (not the patient) at all times
  • All isolation precautions must be adhered to at the discretion of staff for visitor and patient safety
  • Visitors are to be free from obvious sign of infectious disease
  • Staff have the discretion to ask any visitor to leave if the visitors presence disrupts patient care
  • If hospital incident command is opened (i.e. security event, mass casualty, pandemic) visitation rules may be altered
  • Pictures, video, and/or audio recordings are prohibited for the privacy and dignity of our patients. 


Emergency Department

  • Visitation for patients with an Emergency Custody Order (ECO) or Temporary Detention Order (TDO) or expressing suicidal or homicidal ideation will be reviewed on an individual bases to ensure patient and visitor safety
  • If visitation is allowed, visitors will not be allowed to bring in any personal items, including but not limited to bags, purses, and will not be allowed to bring food and/or drink into the patient room


  • Visitation for patients in the custody of law enforcement (inmates) will be at the sole discretion of the officer guarding the patient



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