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Cincinnati VA Medical Center


Visiting Hours

Number of Visitors

Over crowding is a safety concern as it can interfere with medical equipment or treatment, and the number of visitors may be limited.  There are designated waiting areas provided for other waiting visitors.

Food and Beverages

Visitors are encouraged not to give food and beverages to the patient.  The staff will advise visitors if food or beverage intake is not healthful to the patient or if restricted or limited.


Children under the age of 12 years may visit as long as they are in good health and behave appropriately.  An adult must accompany children at all times.  Parents and Guardians of infants and ill children should consider not bringing them for visits.


Members of the clergy are welcome to visit patients who are members of their particular religious group at any time at the discretion of the unit physicians or nurses.


For the safety, health and well-being of the patient and visitors, the attending physician may put limits and restrictions for visits.  We apologize for any inconvenience when this occurs.  We appreciate your understanding that it may be medically necessary. Our staff will discuss concerns with the visitor and patient and coordinate available visit needs or interests.

VA General Visitation Policy

The medical center respects the patient's right to make decisions about his or her care, treatment and services, and to involve the patient's family in care, treatment, and services decisions to the extent permitted by the patient or surrogate decision-maker. "Family" is defined as a group of two or more persons united by blood, or adoptive, martial, domestic partnership, or other legal ties. The family may also be a person or persons not legally related to the individual (such as significant other, friend or caregiver) whom the individual considers to be family. A family member may be the surrogate decision-maker, as defined in VHA Handbook 1004.02, if authorized to make care decisions for the individual, should he or she lose decision-making capacity or choose to delegate decision making to another. The medical center allows a family member, friend or other individual to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of stay. The medical center allows for the presence of a support individual of the patient's choice, unless the individual's presence infringes on other's rights or safety, or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated. The individual may or may not be the patient's surrogate decision-maker or legally authorized representative. The hospital prohibits discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.