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All WellSpan hospitals have implemented patient-directed visitation practices as a way of partnering with our patients to better meet their individual needs and improve their overall care experience.

Patient-directed visitation means the patient, in collaboration with his/her care team, will establish visiting parameters that best suit their individual circumstances throughout the length of the care experience.

Addressing the needs of the patient and recognizing that family members are vital participants in the care and healing of our patients, patient-directed visitation allows family and visitor access to the patient at any appropriate time.

Specific visiting guidelines at each hospital:

WellSpan Chambersburg Hospital

24 / 7 (unless indicated differently below).

Visitors identified as family or support person(s) are welcome to visit at any time & spend the night. Young visitors should be a accompanied by an adult.

Behavioral Health

  • Monday - Friday 6–8 pm; Saturday & Sunday 1–2:30 pm and 6–8 pm.
  • Patients on detox protocol may not have visitors. Children under the age of 12 may not visit except in the case of therapeutic reason, and a doctor’s order is required.
  • For the safety of our patients, staff and you, we ask that all visitors secure their personal belongings (purses, cell phones, etc.) in a locker provided for your use prior to visiting patient.

Critical Care Unit (CCU) / Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

  • Immediate family or support person(s) and clergy only

Inpatient Rehab

  • Monday - Friday: 5 - 8 pm / Saturday, Sunday and Holidays: 12 noon - 8 pm

Family Birthing Services

  • Father/support person(s): Visit any time / Adults and siblings of the newborn: 12 noon - 8 pm

WellSpan Waynesboro Hospital

Visitors identified as family or support person(s) are welcome to visit at any time. Visitors should be age 12 or older unless special permission has been given.

Critical Care Unit (CCU) / Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

  • Immediate family or support person(s) and clergy only

Family Birthing Unit

  • Visiting hours are open. There is no age limit or max amount of visitors at one time

Medical / Surgical Unit

  • 12 noon - 8 pm

WellSpan Ephrata Community Hospital

Visiting hours are not restricted; however, after 8 p.m., all visitors entering the building are asked to use the Emergency Department Entrance for entry and departure.  After 10:00 p.m., Security will issue visitor badges at this location.

Medical/Surgical

  • Open visitation

Acute Rehabilitation Unit

  • Visiting hours are from noon to 1 p.m. and 4-8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.

Intermediate Care Unit

  • Open to all visitors and support persons. Limit two visitors at a time.

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

  • Open to all visitors and support persons. Limit two visitors at a time.

Family Maternity Unit

  • Fathers, support persons, siblings, and grandparents have open visitation. Other family members and friends may visit at the discretion of the parent(s).

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)

  • Because your baby needs specialized care, strict visitation guidelines must be followed:
    • The unit is locked at all times.
    • Parent(s) and grandparents may visit at any time, with some exceptions.
    • Immunized siblings over age four are welcome to visit from noon to 8 p.m. (visits limited to 15 minutes).
    • Visitors over age 14 may visit from noon to 8 p.m. with a parent in attendance.
  • For a comprehensive list of NICU visitation guidelines, please call (717) 738-MOMS.

Pediatrics

  • Parent(s), support persons, and legal guardians may visit at anytime. Other family members and friends may visit at the discretion of the parent(s). During flu season and other illness outbreaks, Pediatric Unit visitation restrictions will be posted.

Behavioral Health Services

  • Visiting hours are Monday-Friday, 6 to 7 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday, 1 to 2 p.m. & 6 to 7 p.m.  Restrictions based on therapy needed for patient care.

WellSpan Gettysburg Hospital

Visiting hours are not restricted; however, after 8 p.m., all visitors entering the building are asked to use the Emergency Department Entrance for entry and departure. After 8 p.m., Security will issue visitor badges at this location.

Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult. Children, especially those under three years of age, have a brief attention span and are susceptible to picking up or spreading infections. Please consider these special concerns when planning the length of your visit.

WellSpan Good Samaritan Hospital

24 / 7 (unless indicated differently below).

Medical Surgical Units & Intermediate Care Unit

  • 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Single Room Maternity Care

  • 8:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Limited to 4 visitors at a time in addition to support person and patient's children

Cardiovascular Unit/Intensive Care Unit (CVU/ICU)

  • Open visitation

Rehabilitation Unit

  • 3:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • (9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on holidays and weekends)

Transitional Care Unit 

  • No restrictions

WellSpan York Hospital

Visiting hours are not restricted; however, after 8:30 p.m., all visitors entering the building are asked to use the Main Lobby Entrance for entry and departure. Utilize the call button in the vestibule located outside of the main lobby to gain entrance. After 10 p.m., Security will issue visitor badges at this location.

Children under 12 must be supervised by an adult. Children, especially those under three years of age, have a brief attention span and are susceptible to picking up or spreading infections. Please consider these special concerns when planning the length of your visit.

WellSpan Surgery & Rehabilitation Hospital

Visitors are asked to use the Main Lobby Entrance for entry and departure.

Visiting hours are not restricted; however, after 8 p.m. all visitors entering the building will need to utilize the call button in the vestibule located outside of the main lobby.

Visitors under the age of 12 should be accompanied by an adult.

Tips for Visitors:

Visits from relatives and friends are always welcome during the established visiting hours (see above for specific visiting hours and policies at each WellSpan hospital). Please remember that visits can be tiring for the patient. Rest is an important part of the patient's recovery, so please respect the patient's health and needs.

All WellSpan facilities follow a set of campus policies designed to promote the safety, conform and health of our patients, visitors and staff. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with these guidelines. A few other things to keep in mind when you visit:

  • Please consider the health of others. Please do not visit if you feel ill or have a cold.
  • Gentle behavior is best in the hospital setting. Keep voices at a low volume so you do not disturb or alarm others. Running through hallways is disruptive and dangerous.
  • Patients are warmed and comforted by a smile and pleasant conversations. Remember, voicing your own concerns and troubles won't speed the patient's recovery.
  • Choose your gifts well. Plants and reading materials may raise spirits, help pass time and can be taken home. Please review WellSpan's campus guidelines for more details.
  • The quality of your visit is much more important than the length of time spent with the patient.