If you have a congregational member who has a surgical or a special procedure scheduled for 7:30 a.m.,, make plans to be at the hospital before 6:30 a.m. Often they are taken from their room between 6:45 and 7:00 a.m. Only two family members are allowed in the room with the patient before surgery. You as their minister, are allowed back to be with the family. Please tell the person at the waiting room desk you are their minister. Please remember that pre-surgery attempts to keep on schedule.
Check waiting rooms or quiet rooms, such as in the Emergency Room or Intensive Care Areas, for family. If you cannot find them there, ask a staff member in the area to help you locate the family.
The best time to visit at the Medical Center is 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Remember that many activities such as doctor visits, medical procedures and baths take place early in the morning. Be aware that most patients will eat lunch between 12 and 1 unless under special dietary regulations. Also, 4th Floor Rehab in the South Patient Tower will be involved in physical or occupational therapy. They may not be in their rooms. It would be better to visit these around lunch or late afternoon in these situations.
Special visiting considerations apply to Intensive Care and The Ronnie Green Heart Center.