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General visiting hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily.

New after-hours policy for visitors starts Feb. 2
Beginning Monday, Feb. 2, University of Missouri Health Care will introduce a new after-hours policy for visitors to Columbia Regional Hospital and University Hospital. The policy is designed to ensure the safety and comfort of patients and visitors after regular visiting hours.

The hospitals will be secured at night, and all visitors who will be in the hospital between 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. must check in with hospital security or a hospitality coordinator by 9 p.m. daily. Visitors will receive badges designating them as approved overnight visitors.

Hospitality coordinators will make rounds in the hospitals prior to 9 p.m. to check if visitors will be staying overnight. Security officers will make rounds in the hospitals throughout the night to verify that all visitors are registered.

Additionally, Children's Hospital at University Hospital and the Labor and Delivery Unit at Columbia Regional Hospital will be secured 24 hours a day. Security cameras and intercoms will be available at the entrances to those areas for visitors to communicate with the nursing stations and be let into the units. Employees who work in those areas will access the units by swiping their ID badges.

Visitors arriving at Columbia Regional Hospital after hours must enter through the main lobby or Emergency Department entrance and receive an ID badge at the telecommunications office, Room 1079. A security camera and intercom are available at the main entrance for visitors to use to communicate with the telecommunications office before entering the hospital. Visitors entering the hospital through the Emergency Department must be escorted into the hospital by a staff member. Maps will be available with directions to the telecommunications office.

Visitors arriving at University Hospital after hours must enter through the patient and visitor garage or Emergency Department entrance and receive an ID badge at the security office, Room N122. Security cameras and intercoms are available at both entrances for visitors to use to communicate with the security office before entering the hospital. Maps will be available with directions to the security office.

Because of limited space at Columbia Regional Hospital and University Hospital, visitors are asked to stay overnight only if their loved ones are critically ill, and only two visitors will be allowed per patient. Exceptions for special circumstances may be made at the discretion of a charge nurse.

Additional after-hours visitors' rules and guidelines include:

  • No inflatable mattresses, cots, sleeping bags or other bedding from outside the hospital are permitted. To receive hospital-issued bedding or linen, please call Hospitality Services at (573) 882-8220.
  • No coolers or cooking appliances are allowed. Food may be brought into the hospital, but it cannot be left unattended.
  • Visitors should anticipate being awakened between 8 and 9 a.m. when waiting areas are cleaned.
  • Waiting area furniture should not be moved.
  • Waiting areas on inpatient floors are designated "quiet areas" from 10:30 p.m. to 8 a.m. Televisions must be turned off during that time. Visitors may watch TV during quiet hours in University Hospital's main lobby and Columbia Regional Hospital's 404 Diner.

For more information, please contact Hospitality Services at (573) 882-8220.

New mothers and babies
New mothers and babies may have up to three visitors at a time between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily.

Intensive care and specialty units have hours designed to meet the needs of their patients. Please inquire about these special hours at the Information Desk in the main lobby, call the unit, or see individual guides to visiting:

Visiting guidelines
Please carefully observe our visiting guidelines:

Please limit visits to two people at a time. Those waiting to see patients may make themselves comfortable in the visitor lounges, which are located on each patient floor near the lobby elevators at the east side of the hospital and in the first-floor lobby.

For security reasons, visitors must leave the hospital by 9 p.m. unless special arrangements have been made with the nursing unit.

Visitors' personal belongings may not be stored in patient rooms or visitor lounges.

If you have cold or flu symptoms or if you or a member of your family recently has been exposed to a communicable disease, please do not enter our patient-care units.

Children under age 13 must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Overnight visitors
At University Hospital, we understand the need for you to be close to your family member while he or she is hospitalized. Due to our limited space, we ask that you plan to spend the night only when your family member is critically ill. If you provide the nursing unit with the telephone number where you may be reached, the unit will contact you if your family member's condition changes. You are welcome to call during the night and speak with a nurse to get an update on your relative's condition. The unit phone numbers are as follows:

5 East: (573) 882-1061
Surgical ICU: (573) 882-7995
5 West: (573) 882-8111
Cardiac ICU: (573) 882-2986
4 East: (573) 882-1006
Medical/Nuero ICU: (573) 882-8176
4 West: (573) 884-4712
Newborn ICU: (573) 882-3162

Visitor lounges
Visitor lounges are located on the east wing of the 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th floors. The 7th floor visitor lounge is reserved for the families of pediatric patients. The ICU waiting rooms are next to the ICUs on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors.

Please check with the unit nurse supervisor to determine if you are eligible to stay overnight in a visitor lounge. As an overnight guest in a visitor lounge, the following guidelines are provided for your safety and security.

  • Visitors must be 18 or older.
  • Family members may stay overnight if the patient is critically ill.
  • Only two visitors per family may stay overnight.
  • Linens for overnight visitors are available in a cart located by the East Elevators on 3rd, 4th and 5th floors.
  • Please let the staff at the desk know if you will be staying overnight in the lounge
  • Anticipate being awakened in t.he morning for the lounge to be cleaned.

For your health and safety
To promote the safety of guests, staff members and patients, please do not obstruct lights, use electrical appliances or sleep on windowsills in visitor lounges. For health considerations, no personal linens are permitted. We cannot be responsible for your personal belongings, so please store valuables in your vehicle and do not leave valuables unattended in the lounge.

Food
Food and beverage storage and cooking are not allowed in visitor lounges. Snacks are available from vending machines located in the hallway by the cafeteria on the Ground Level, just inside the cafeteria exit door and throughout the hospital.

Main Street Café: Located on the First Floor, Lobby area, open Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cafeteria: Located on the Ground Level, West End, open Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., weekends and holidays 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Pediatric overnight guest guidelines
At Children's Hospital, we understand the need for you to be close to your child while he or she is hospitalized. Because of our limited space, only one parent may stay overnight in the room of a child in the Pediatric Unit, Adolescent Unit, or Pediatric ICU. A second family member 18 or older and parents with infants in the Neonatal ICU may stay overnight in one of our visitor lounges. If you are staying overnight in a nearby hotel, the Ronald McDonald House, or at home, please provide your child's nurse with the telephone number where you may be reached. You are welcome to call during the night and speak with the nurse to get an update on your child's condition. The unit phone numbers are as follows:

6 East (Adolescent Unit): (573) 882-7468
7 East (Pediatric Unit): (573) 882-2281
Pediatric ICU (7E): (573) 882-2941
Neonatal ICU (7E Tower): (573) 882-3162

The 7th floor visitor lounge is reserved for the families of pediatric and adolescent patients. Overnight guests must be 18 or older. Please let the staff at the desk know if you will be staying overnight in the lounge. Linens for overnight visitors on the 6th and 7th floors are available in a cart located by the East elevators on the 7th floor. Please anticipate that you will be awakened in the morning for the lounge to be cleaned.




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