Updated visitor policy
Ways to connect with a hospitalized loved one
And of course you can always visit through phone calls, Facetime, Skype and other means.
Our current visitation policy (Información en español):
- Follow the latest masking guidelines inside any Geisinger building.
- Right now, visitors must be designated. Designated visitors may only switch out with other designated visitors. If you are a designated visitor, you must wear a wristband the whole time the patient you’re visiting stays in the hospital.
- Only two people may visit a patient at a time.
- Visitors who don’t comply with Geisinger policies will lose their visiting rights.
- Clergy and doulas are part of the care team and not considered visitors. A patient may have one clergy member come per day.
Four designated visitors are allowed for:
- Hospitalized patients: Two designated visitors in the room at a time. Visitation hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Hospitalized patients without COVID-19 at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital (under age 18): Two designated visitors in the room at a time. Visitation allowed 24/7.
- Hospitalized patients without COVID-19 having a baby: Two designated visitors in the room at a time. Visitation allowed 24/7.
Two visitors are allowed at a time for:
- Emergency room patients under age 18: Visitors may come for the duration of the ER stay.
Outpatients (e.g., clinic appointments): Visitors may come for the duration of the appointment.
One designated visitor is allowed for:
- Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 at Geisinger Janet Weis Children’s Hospital (under age 18): The visitor is expected to stay in the room 24/7.
- Hospitalized patients with COVID-19 having a baby: The visitor is expected to stay in the room 24/7.
- Emergency room patients age 18+: Visitor may come for the duration of the ER stay.
Approved visitors must:
- Be 16 years of age or older
- Bring a form of identification
- Not have symptoms of fever, cough, shortness of breath, recent loss of taste or smell or flu-like illness suggestive of COVID-19
- Complete a health screening before entry
- Not have active COVID-19 infection
- Be at least 10 days from start of symptoms if they previously had COVID-19
- Follow the latest masking guidelines inside any Geisinger building. Any visitor who doesn’t comply may lose future visitation privileges.
- Stay 6 feet away from others
- Wash hands with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizer before entering and after leaving a patient’s room
- Use the same entrance to enter and exit the hospital
- Stay in designated areas (not travel throughout the facility)
- Please see a message about vendor partner visit restrictions.
Patients and visitors can find masks at or near the entrances of our hospitals and clinics.
Yes, all patients and visitors need to wear a mask (even people who are vaccinated).
Wearing a mask protects a lot of people — especially those who are very sick. So it’s still required inside all Geisinger buildings.
Forgot your mask? We’re happy to give you one. Just ask.
- Visit our FAQ page.
Patient and visitor pledgeGeisinger is a place of hope, healing and respect. We’ll treat you and your loved ones as we would treat our own family. And we ask that you pledge to do the same.
Show respect to our care team by:
Aggressive behavior will not be tolerated. That means:
- When required to wear a mask, always wear it correctly (over your nose and mouth).
- Not visiting patients in the hospital if you’re sick.
- Cooperating if asked to comply with our policies.
- Being patient and kind — to every person.
Help us help you. Be kind.
- No abusive language
- No threatening behavior
- No physical assaults
- No weapons or illegal drugs
- No sexual harassment