Family members and friends can be very helpful in
a patient’s recovery, however patient care is our primary concern at Good Samaritan
Hospital. To enhance the quality of care, general guidelines have been
established for visitors. Some specialized areas may have more specific rules.
If you are unsure, please ask a staff member.
Protecting Patients Against
Visitors spreading infection poses a serious
health risk to our patients. DO NOT visit if you are sick–especially if you are
sneezing or have the following flu symptoms: fever, headache, tiredness, cough,
sore throat or nasal congestion. At times, a patient may need to be placed in
isolation to prevent passing an infection from one patient to another. You may
be asked to wear a mask, gown or gloves, or perhaps all of these items when
When visiting the hospital,
·Either wash your hands with soap and warm water or use sanitizing hand
gel before and after you visit a
·Use a tissue when you cough or sneeze and immediately drop it in the
trash. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into
upper sleeve, not your hands. Always clean your
hands after you cough,
sneeze or blow your nose.
·Do not use the restrooms in patient rooms.
· Ask our nursing staff if your loved one is receiving visitors and
his/her visiting hours.
· Keep your visit short and positive, respecting other patients’
· Limit visitation to two visitors at one time.
· Do not smoke or use chewing tobacco. Our entire hospital campus is
· To protect patient privacy and recovery, visitors may be asked to leave
· Children should only visit in appropriate situations and when
accompanied by an adult. Good Samaritan Hospital does
provide childcare services for visitors.
· Visitors should enter the hospital through the main entrance (which
closes at 9 p.m.) or
West Tower (which closes at 8:30
After hours, the only open entrance is the Emergency entrance on the east side of the hospital. Please
obtain a special
from the nurses station if
you will be in the hospital after hours.
· Some gifts like fresh or dried flowers, foods and drinks can be
counter-productive to recovery. Latex balloons are never allowed.
Please check with the nurse to make sure your gift is appropriate.
To help you find your way we have a greeter at
our main entrance, volunteer staffed information desks with visitor maps, and
signage throughout our hospital. In addition, all our patient rooms have 4-digit
numbers. The first digit indicates the building; West Tower is“6” and the main
hospital is “3.”?The
second digit indicates the floor. (Example: Room 3250 is in the main hospital
“3” on the second floor “2” in room 3250.) If you become lost or would like help
to your desired location, just ask any staff member.
Cell phone use is allowed at Good Samaritan
Hospital unless specifically noted by signage. Please be considerate of others
and respect patient confidentiality when using your cell phone.
Internet Kiosks and
Free Web sites like caringbridge.org allow loved
ones to stay connected and abreast of a patient’s condition. Several computer
stations with Internet access are available throughout our hospital (i.e.
Conference Center, Healthy Living Center, West Tower hallway) for guests.
Wireless Internet is also freely available on all inpatient floors, the Surgery
waiting room, main lobby and Healthy Living Center. Your laptop must have
wireless Internet capabilities, and be running Windows XP, Windows Vista, MAC
OSX, or Windows 2000 with client software and DHCP. If your laptop is set to
detect available wireless networks, it will pick up the “GSH” SSID and should
ask if you want to connect. If your laptop is not set to detect available
wireless networks, you will need to manually configure your laptop’s SSID to
“GSH” with no added security.
Our cafeteria is open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 7
p.m., and 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. VISA and MasterCard are accepted. Receipts for
food purchases are available upon request. A variety of fresh baked pizzas are
offered for delivery weekdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 7500 from any hospital
phone to order.
Coffee Cart-main entrance
Our gourmet coffee cart, Espresso PRN, is open
weekdays from 6:30 a.m. to noon and 12:30 to
2 p.m. It offers a variety of hot or cold espresso drinks made with
steamed milk and flavored syrups. Decaffeinated and sugar-free drinks are
Gift Shop-main entrance
The Sure Cure Gift Shop offers gift items,
jewelry, magazines, paperback books, greeting cards, candy, toiletries and
flowers. It is open Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday from 9:30
a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4
Center-Medical Office Building-Lower Level
Adult family members of current hospital patients
may use our Wellness/Fitness Center for a small fee per