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Visitation

Visitors are welcome at Baptist Health Deaconess Madisonville; however, for our patient's well-being, we ask that our visitors observe our general and area specific regulations. We believe the patient comes first, and it is our duty to protect the patient's health, safety, security, well-being and comfort, while providing for family visitation.

General Regulations

  • Visitors must dress appropriately, and must wear shirts and shoes. Patient privacy is very important. Please knock before entering a patient's room.

  • Visitors should observe signs posted near room doors; they give important instructions.
  • Visitors should first check with the nurse before bringing food to patients. Some foods may be harmful to patients.
  • Visitors should limit the number of visitors at one time, and the duration of their visits so as to allow all patients as much rest as possible.
  • Children under the age of 14 years may visit patients if accompanied by an adult at all times (exception-critical care).
  • The hospital reserves the right to examine all baggage and packages that enter or leave the building.
  • Visitors, when requested by staff, should leave a patient's room whenever treatment or procedures are being performed.
  • Overnight visitation is limited in med/surg and pediatric areas; one parent may stay with a pediatric patient. Visitors must remain in the patient's room. Persons under 16 are not permitted to stay overnight.

Waiting Areas
Waiting areas are available for visitors in the Main Lobby, Emergency Department, Same Day Surgery, Radiology, Merle M. Mahr Cancer Center, Critical Care areas and all patient care floors. An additional waiting room is available on the first level for families of Cath Lab.

Visiting Hours

In March, the hospital began limiting visitation in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, and then suspended visitation last month in accordance with state recommendations. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear has now eased those guidelines to allow for some visitation. View our temporary visitor restrictions.

Critical Care
Visitation is subject to the patients condition and discretion of the patients nurse.

If conditions within the unit make visiting at regular times inadvisable, the nurse may delay the time of a regular visiting period and reschedule at a more appropriate time. Likewise, the nurse may request visitors to leave the patient areas in order to facilitate the treatment of any patient.

Special permission must be obtained before children under 14 years of age may visit a patient on Critical Care.

Chapel
A chaplain is available to provide support and pastoral care to you and your family. If you would like the Chaplain to visit you, please dial 5205, or ask your nurse for assistance. Our chapel is located near the visitor elevators on the first floor of the hospital and is open 24 hours a day.

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