Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital
The visiting policy includes the following:
- Daily patient visiting hours are not limited. Visiting is allowed 24 hours daily (with the exception of the Inpatient Psychiatry Unit).
- The main doors of Truman VA are open between 6:00 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. every day. Visitors staying after 8:30 p.m. must go to the VA Police office for a visitor pass for security purposes after hours. (A maximum of two visitors per patient will be allowed to stay in the facility after hours).
- Overnight visitors may not stay at the bedside of a patient in a semi-private room.
Children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times. Children not allowed on the inpatient units must remain in the main lobby under an adult family member’s supervision. Generally, Children under 10 years old are not allowed to visit patients in the Intensive Care Unit, Step Down Unit and Inpatient Psychiatric Unit.
- The physician and/or nurse in charge of any unit may alter visiting hours in the best interest of a patient or upon request of the patient.
- Visiting privileges may be suspended for groups of patients or entire inpatient units if deemed medically necessary by the appropriate service or Medical Officer of the Day (MOD).
- During the administrative work day, Social Work staff may be contacted for assistance to visitors requesting information related to community lodging resources. The Administrative Officer of the Day (AOD) should be contacted for such assistance during non-administrative tours, weekends and holidays.
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.