Thank you for choosing St. Joseph’s Hospital. We are committed to delivering holistic care by meeting our patients’ physical, emotional, social, and spiritual needs. We are also dedicated to providing support and resources for our visitors and guests.

The staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital is committed to making your stay with us as comfortable as possible – from the moment you are admitted until you are discharged. As a patient, we want you to be an active participant in your care.

Due to COVID-19, St. Joseph’s Hospital has their own specific visitor guidelines.  Please review by following the links: Inpatient Visitor Guidelines and Outpatient Visitor Guidelines

WVU Medicine hospitals and facilities have special visitation guidelines in place to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus COVID-19. Thank you for your cooperation.

Adult Inpatient Units

  • Patients may indicate as many approved adult visitors as they desire.
  • Visitors/caretakers are allowed to the exit building and return in same day.
  • COVID-19 positive infectious patients and COVID-19 persons under investigation (PUI): visitation permitted at admission and then every five days pursuant to West Virginia House Bill 2368.
  • Exceptions to above with special circumstances will be considered and approved by unit management.

Pediatric Inpatient Units

  • Visitation is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Patients may indicate as many approved adult visitors as they desire.
  • Visitors/caretakers are allowed to the exit building and return in same day.
  • Two approved visitors overnight for pediatric inpatients (parents/guardians).
  • COVID-19 positive and COVID-19 PUI allowed two approved visitors in room at all times, including overnight, for pediatric inpatients.

Obstetric Inpatient Units

  • Visitation is 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • Two approved visitors at all times, including overnight.
  • Visitors/caretakers are allowed to exit the building and return in same day.

Peri-Operative/Procedural Registration/Diagnostics 

  • Adult: One approved visitor with patient for registration and waiting area prior to procedure (if space allows for physical distancing).
  • Pediatric: Allowed two visitors per patient.
  • Obstetric: Allowed two visitors per patient.

Outpatient Appointments

  • Adult: One visitor may accompany patient to and remain in room during visit.
  • Pediatric: Patients are allowed two visitors.
  • Obstetric: Allowed two visitors per patient.

Emergency Department 

  • Adult: One approved visitor (over age of 18) with each adult patient arrival to ED.
  • Pediatric: Two approved visitors (over age of 18) with each pediatric patient.
  • Obstetric: Two approved visitors (over age of 18) with each obstetric patient.
  • Visitor may accompany patient to and remain in room during ED stay with switching out discouraged.
  • Approved visitors will be allowed to stay with the patient in the waiting room as long as physical distancing requirements allow.
  • When waiting room reaches a point where physical distancing cannot be met, the hospital lobby or private vehicle may be used for visitor waiting.

End-of-Life Circumstances

Additional accommodations will be coordinated to support family presence during end-of-life circumstances as warranted pursuant to West Virginia House Bill 2368.


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