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Fargo VA Health Care System

 

Visiting Hours

Although the Fargo VA Healthcare System does not have specific visiting hours, visiting times are based on the needs of the patient.  Visitors are encouraged to discuss any special visiting needs with the unit's head nurse. Whenever possible and medically appropriate, the nurse will coordinate special visiting arrangements to meet patient and family needs.

If you are unable to visit a patient personally, you may call the patient or send a card or gift.

Privacy and Confidentiality Guidelines

Visitors who request location and information about patients will be handled in accordance with proper privacy and confidentiality guidelines.  As part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPPA) no information is provided to family, clergy or with gift delivery if a patient has chosen not to be part of the directory listing. 

Number of Visitors

There is no limit to the number of visitors a patient can receive.   

Children Under 12 Years of Age

Children under 12 may visit patients. However, children should be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Intensive Care Unit

Visits to the Intensive Care Unit should be limited to 10 minutes every hour. 

Pets

Pets are NOT allowed in the Medical Center with the exception of service dogs and animals involved with the Recreation Therapy pet therapy program.  Pets may also be allowed in specific patient care situations where prior review and approval has been established. 

Clergy

All patients have the right to pastoral care.  This may be provided by the Chaplain Service or by the patients' own clergyperson.  Individual non-VA clergy are welcome to visit patients who are members of their parishes or congregations.  Only VA Chaplains will be permitted to do general or random visitation of patients or distribution of religious literature. 

Exceptions

For the health and well-being of a patient, the attending physician may limit, restrict, or deny visitation. We apologize for any inconvenience when this occurs, and appreciate your understanding that it may be medically necessary.

VA General Visitation Policy

The medical center respects the patient's right to make decisions about his or her care, treatment and services, and to involve the patient's family in care, treatment, and services decisions to the extent permitted by the patient or surrogate decision-maker. "Family" is defined as a group of two or more persons united by blood, or adoptive, martial, domestic partnership, or other legal ties. The family may also be a person or persons not legally related to the individual (such as significant other, friend or caregiver) whom the individual considers to be family. A family member may be the surrogate decision-maker, as defined in VHA Handbook 1004.02, if authorized to make care decisions for the individual, should he or she lose decision-making capacity or choose to delegate decision making to another. The medical center allows a family member, friend or other individual to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of stay. The medical center allows for the presence of a support individual of the patient's choice, unless the individual's presence infringes on other's rights or safety, or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated. The individual may or may not be the patient's surrogate decision-maker or legally authorized representative. The hospital prohibits discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.