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Visiting Guidelines

You play a key role in your loved one’s healing process. We strive to facilitate the comprehensive care of our patients, a vision that extends to every aspect of what we do. Our visiting guidelines are created to foster a family-centered atmosphere—something we believe is vital to a healthy, full recovery.

Thank you for choosing us for your healthcare needs. It is critically important that we protect our patients, their families, our staff and the community while we continue to provide high-quality care at our hospital and clinics.

This is the most current information. Please know that we might need to adjust these hours if the situation changes.

The California Department of Public Health recently announced a new order that will go into effect August 11 for all California hospitals. All Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital visitors will be required to provide proof of full COVID-19 vaccination or proof of a negative COVID-19 test administered within 72 hours of their visit. A visitor is defined as anyone who is visiting a patient or a staff member. There will be exceptions for critical condition or end-of-life patients. Visitors who are partially vaccinated – those who have received only their first vaccine dose or those whose second dose was less than two weeks ago – will have to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test.

No visitors will be allowed into the hospital or clinics except under the following special circumstances:

  • Non Covid + patients
    • Visiting Hours 10am through 8 pm
    • 18 years and older may visit unless approved by Charge Nurse/Admin Supervisor
    • One (1) designated visitor/day for Medical/Surgical, Telemetry and ICU with length of visitation guided by clinical team based on patient situation or One (1) caregiver as a constant companion who actively assists with the patient’s care 24/7 if required.
  • Covid Positive Inpatient Units
    • No visitors will be allowed on the Covid units unless required for decision making and End of Life Discussions
  • Emergency Department
    • One (1) designated visitor for Emergency Department patients.
  • NICU/Pediatrics
    • Parents are allowed as part of the care team.
      • One (1) parent at bedside at a time unless patient condition warrants both parents in attendance.
  • L&D/Mother Baby/OB ED
    • One (1) parent, legal guardian/support person.
    • Covid Positive Patients may have a Covid Positive support person in attendance.
  • In hospital Procedure areas
    • One (1) support person may accompany patient as needed
      • Cath Lab and Surgery visitors will be ask to wait outside until patient set up for procedure.
        • This may vary based on patient condition
  • End of life
    • Two designated visitors at a time 24/7 with a list of up to 10 visitors to rotate.
      • Visitor rotations will occur outside the facility and re verify screening on each entry.

Have questions about visiting hours? You can call 831-757-3627 for answers.

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