Visiting Hours and Policies

Visiting Hours

General visiting hours are from 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.


Fathers, labor support and siblings may visit anytime. Grandparents and other family and friends may visit anytime on the day of delivery. Thereafter, visiting hours are 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Intensive Care

Visits are restricted to members of the immediate family and are time limited. Visits are restricted to members of the immediate family and have a time limit. From 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., we ask families to leave so physicians may examine their patients and nurses can deliver necessary care without interrupting family visits. Please understand, patients requiring care in our ICU are very sick and need a great deal of rest, so we kindly request you limit the number of visitors to two at the bedside, and if possible, consider visiting one at a time.

Visitor Guidelines

  • Two visitors are allowed in the patient’s room at one time.
  • Visitors should not bring food or beverages to a patient unless approved by the doctor or nurse.
  • Visitors should be free from colds, sore throats or other contagious conditions.
  • Children under the age of 12, when accompanied by an adult, may visit patients for 30 minutes during normal visiting hours.
  • Children should never be left unattended and visits by children may be restricted based on the patient’s condition. Please check with the attending nurses.
  • Patient restrooms are restricted to patient use only. Visitors may use public restrooms throughout the hospital.
  • If a patient is facing an end-of-life prognosis, his or her family is encouraged to work with the patient’s physician and caregiver to make exceptions to our policies to ensure the emotional needs of the patient and family are met.
  • Staff and hospital patients are not permitted to provide oversight to visitors who cannot care for themselves. All visitors should be able to care for themselves, or be accompanied by a guest who can care for them.


Mercy Hospital South enforces a campus-wide no-smoking policy in accordance with Joint Commission accreditation standards. In addition, Mercy Hospital South is concerned about your health. If you are a smoker, or someone in your family or circle of friends is a smoker, we urge you to consider stopping.

Infection Prevention

  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before entering and when leaving a patient's room.
  • Expect all our staff to clean their hands before providing patient care. Remind them if they forget.
  • Cover your sneeze or cough with a tissue or your upper arm. Do not visit if you are sick.
  • Avoid touching anything used to care for the patient.
  • Read and follow any instructions posted outside the patient's room.
  • Eliminate germs when the patient goes home by using disinfectant like sprays and wipes to clean surfaces.

For more than 140 years, we’ve carried out Christ's healing ministry as St. Anthony’s Medical Center, delivering compassionate care to area residents. Today, as Mercy Hospital South, we continue that legacy.