Please observe the following visiting hours for the comfort and well-being of our patients at Princeton Community Hospital.
General Patient Units
Visiting hours are from 1 pm to 8 pm. All visitors are asked to leave promptly at 8 pm. In order to stay past visiting hours or overnight, you must get permission and obtain a pass from the Charge Nurse.
Visiting hours are from 11 am to 8 pm. All visitors are asked to leave promptly at 8 pm. One person may be allowed to spend the night in the patient’s private room; in order to stay, you must get permission and obtain a pass from the Charge Nurse.
When visiting hours are over, the visitors of a mother in active labor may be allowed to continue waiting in the Parkview Lobby, which is adjacent to the Women’s Center. After the mother has delivered, a short visit may be allowed.
Moms-to-be may choose two people to support them during delivery. Siblings may visit their new brother or sister once their mother has been moved back to her room. (For the safety and convenience of hospital patients and staff, parents must remain with the siblings at all times and ensure that they stay in the room, not in the hallways.) Siblings should wash their hands and wear a patient gown while in the room. They may hold the infant under a parent’s supervision.
Intensive Care/Coronary Cardiac Units (ICU/CCU)
ICU/CCU staff strive to provide the best care for all of our patients. We understand that family and friends are important. That is why we have created an open visitation policy. Open visitation means that visitors may visit their loved ones anytime with very few restrictions. There are a few rules that we hope you will follow when you visit:
- Before entering the unit, please call the nurse’s station using the phone located outside of the waiting area.
- Unit will be closed to visitors for two 45-minute periods each day – 6:45 am to 7:30 am and 6:45 pm to 7:30 pm – as these times are reserved for shift reports.
- Only two visitors are allowed to enter at one time. More visitors may be allowed at a time if permission is granted from the nurse.
- Food and beverages brought inside the unit must be approved by the nurse.
- Maintain a quiet environment.
- No smoking inside the hospital or on hospital property.
- Do not visit if you have any type of infection.
- Refrain from sitting on the patient’s bed, and do not prop feet up on bed.
- Wear a shirt and shoes.
- If you are visiting a patient in isolation, please follow the guidelines listed on the sign posted on the patient’s door. If you have any questions, ask your nurse.
- If you leave the building after 8 pm, please enter through the ER main entrance and get a visitor’s pass from security.
- Children under 12 years of age are discouraged from visiting. Permission may be granted by the nurse in special situations. Please supervise all children that enter the unit. Do not allow them to roam around the unit or play with medical equipment.
- One visitor may stay overnight if permission is granted by the nurse.
- No pictures or videos may be taken inside the unit.
- Patients have the right to refuse visitors.
- Nurses may ask visitors to leave during certain medical procedures or if they believe it is beneficial to the patient’s healing. Please be respectful of the nurse’s decision.
Updated Visitation Guidelines
Visitors are no longer required to wear protective masks in our hospitals (inpatient) or clinics (outpatient) with just a few exceptions:
- Visitors who are exhibiting respiratory symptoms (including but not limited to the following: fever, cough, runny or stuffy nose, sore throat, shortness of breath) must wear masks in all settings, both inpatient and outpatient, and in all public spaces.
- In crowded waiting areas and lobbies, such as ER waiting areas, masks are strongly encouraged, but not required.
- Providers, employees, and visitors who wish to wear a mask are certainly free to do so.
We understand that family and friends provide crucial support and comfort to patients. We welcome visitors to our hospital. For the comfort and well-being of all our patients, we ask that you observe these guidelines.
If you have COVID-19/flu-like symptoms, please postpone your visit.
Effective November 14, 2022: Two patient-approved adult caretakers/visitors are allowed at a time on the following floors and intensive care units (visitors may switch out):
- Critical Care Unit (CCU)
- Medical Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Adult inpatient visitation
- General inpatient visitation hours begin at 7 am daily and end at 9 pm daily.
- All visitors must remain in the room unless requested to step out for patient care/treatment.
- All visitors must be 8 years of age or older.
- Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.
- Two patient-approved adult primary caretakers/visitors are allowed at a time during designated visitation times.
- Visitors must be masked at ALL times.
- Two approved visitors are permitted for 60 minutes at time of admission and discharge if not within designated visiting hours.
- COVID-19-positive infectious patients and COVID-19 persons under investigation (PUI): Visitation is allowed during designated visiting hours.
- Visitors to COVID-19-positive infectious patients and COVID-19 rooms must adhere to the following PPE:
- KN95 face mask or simple mask
- Face shield/eye covering
Pediatric Inpatient Units
- Two approved visitors (including parents) are allowed at a time in patient’s room for pediatric inpatients. Two approved visitors (including parents) are permitted overnight for pediatric inpatients.
- Visitors must be 12 years of age or older. If under the age of 15, they must be accompanied by an adult.
- Visiting hours are from 7 am to 9 pm.
- Patient will designate up to three (3) visitors who can be with the patient. Visitors are allowed to exit building and return in the same day; however, the designated visitors cannot be changed or substituted with other visitors.
- Siblings may visit during visiting hours.
- One visitor will be allowed to stay overnight as approved by the Charge Nurse.
Other types of visits
Outpatient oncology unit
- One approved caretaker/visitor is allowed to accompany patient.
Pre-op visits, procedure, or a diagnostic test
- One (1) visitor (includes caregiver) may accompany the patient and remain in the patient’s room while the patient is in surgery. Visitors may switch out.
- Visitor cannot leave the patient room (when patient has an assigned room).
- One visitor (includes caregiver) may accompany the patient who is having a diagnostic test/procedure. The visitor is not allowed to stay with the patient during the procedure and/or patient preparation for procedure.
- Two visitors (including parents) are allowed (as needed) for pediatric outpatient diagnostic visits.
- Visitors must be 8 years of age or older.
Ambulatory (outpatient) clinic appointments
- Patients are encouraged to attend their appointments alone.
- One visitor may accompany an adult patient to the appointment and remain in the room during the visit.
- Pediatric patients are allowed two visitors (including parents) as needed.
Emergency Department (ED) visits
- Two visitors are allowed with each adult ED patient.
- Two visitors are allowed with each pediatric ED patient.
- Two visitors are allowed with each obstetric patient.
- Approved visitors will be allowed to stay with the patient in the waiting area as long as social distancing requirements allow.
- Visitors may accompany patient to and remain in room during ED stay. Visitors must stay in the room. Switching visitors is allowed while adhering to the two visitors for adult ED patients.
Locations & Services
- Please note: Exceptions to visitation will be made based on patient condition and on a case-by-case basis by the department leader and/or House Supervisor. Exceptions include, but are not limited to, deaf/blind patients, low mental capacity, significant mobility limitations, critical conversations (goals of care), and patients who are imminently dying (as outlined in WV House Bill 2368) and for caregiver to participate in education/discharge planning.
- Overnight visitation is encouraged if the patient needs assistance, is confused, extremely anxious, or designated as a high fall risk.
- For assistance after visiting hours, see Security at ER entrance.