Visitation Policies

Visitors in the Hospital
We welcome you to visit Rush at all times. However, for the safety of everyone in the hospital, we do reserve the right to limit the number of visitors due to clinical reasons if needed. After 8:30 p.m., the entrance points are limited to the Ambulatory Care Center and the old Emergency Room entrance located off 18th Avenue.

Intensive Care Unit Visitation
A lounge is provided for the comfort and convenience of families and visitors of patients in the critical care units. Hostesses are present to assist family and visitors with questions and information concerning patients. Rush is a smoke-free hospital campus. We ask that you help us keep the area clean and orderly to better serve your needs and to make it a safe environment. Garbage containers are provided for you to use. Since most people in the waiting area are experiencing stress, please be conscious of the needs of others in the area.

Visiting times in the intensive care units are 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 5 p.m., and 8 p.m. for 30 minutes each time. The hospital reserves the right to limit the number of visitors based on the clinical condition of the patient. No children under 12 years of age are allowed during ordinary circumstances.

Pediatric Visitation Policy
One responsible caretaker is required to stay with a child 12 years of age and younger. One responsible caretaker is strongly encouraged to stay with children over 12 during the night. Visitation by children under 10 is strongly discouraged. At no time should more than four visitors be present per patient room (including parents). Pediatric patients are discouraged from visiting other patient rooms.

Family Birth Center and Women's Pavilion

  1. Fathers may visit at any time and may remain in the room with the baby. Fathers must follow strict hand washing procedures.
  2. After being screened for infectious diseases and instructed in hand washing techniques, visitors are permitted to visit in the mother's room with the baby. If at any time mother's or baby's condition warrants, visitors may be restricted. Visitors are reminded that mothers need time for personal care, rest, and private visits for parents and the new baby.
  3. Sibling visitation, if desired by the mother, is allowed. Prior to visiting, the general health of the sibling(s) should be assessed for signs of illness or known exposure to communicable disease or illness.
  4. The nursery extensions are 9682 and 9683. Parents may call for assistance.
  5. If for any reason a baby is unable to go to mother's room, please follow the NICU Visitation Policy below.

NICU Patient Visitation Policy
No Visitation allowed in the NICU patient area between: 6 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Visitors are encouraged to check with the receptionist desk before washing and gowning in case a medical procedure prevents visitation at that time.
  • Visitors must do a 3-minute scrub from fingertips to the elbows, and then place a gown over clothing (ties in the back).
  • Visitors may visit for up to 30 minutes at the bedside without a break. The nurses may request that you step out during procedures, x-rays, or emergencies.
  • Immediate grandparents or great-grandparents may visit once daily with parents' approval with or without parents being present. Grandparents may visit at any time with parents present. Their name must be on the visitation release form, and identification may be requested.
  • The parents must accompany visitors other than grandparents or great-grandparents.
  • The infant's sibling(s) may visit; siblings should be free from any signs of illness or known exposure to communicable disease.
  • All visitors MUST be free of possible contagious illness (no fever, runny nose, productive cough, diarrhea, suspicious rashes, etc.) for 24 hours. If a fever blister (cold sore) is present, you must wear a mask.
  • Only 2 visitors may be at the baby's bedside at one time. This includes multiple births.
  • Visitors should not bring food, drinks, reading or sewing materials into the unit.
  • Visitors must stay at their baby's bed side. The nurses are not allowed to discuss other patients with you.
  • Parents should feel comfortable calling at any time to check on their baby's condition. Information is given to parents only. You must know your baby's identification number or password before we can release any information.

Nursery Phone Numbers - (601) 703-9682 or (601) 703-9683