Charleston Area Medical Center maintains visitation policies to promote a safe, secure, and healthy environment that is conducive to an optimal recovery while allowing CAMC employees to perform their duties effectively and efficiently. This policy defines general standards of behavior for visitors. Specific information about the nature and frequency of visitations is kept on the individual nursing and treatment units. As a general rule, CAMC exercises oversight of the frequency and length of visitations to prevent interruptions in care and to ensure adequate rest and nutrition for our patients.
Visitation guidelines for care partners are different from those for general visitors. View the care partner visitation information
CAMC takes very seriously actual or potential threats to the health, safety, and security of our patients, physicians, nurses, and staff members and thus reserves the right to terminate visitations or refuse hospital access to visitors if they endanger in any way any of these stakeholders.
- All visitors must conform to CAMC safety, infection control, and unit specific policies and procedures including the wearing of personal protective equipment when indicated.
- Nursing and treatment units should post their visiting hours and unit specific guidelines online. Patient/family orientations to the units should include discussions of visitation guidelines and hours.
- Visitors must not visit more than one patient at a time if that patient is in isolation.
- The Nurse Manager and Charge Nurse are authorized to make exceptions to their unit specific policies and procedures if they believe that such exceptions are in the best interests of their patients.