Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System
The Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center promotes a welcoming environment that is supportive of the involvement of friends and family during the delivery of health care services.
Patients in general medical/surgical and rehabilitation inpatient units, who can do so, are allowed to determine their own visiting hours in collaboration with the medical center team. Family preferences are allowed when a patient is unable to communicate their visitation preferences.
Visiting hours in the emergency room, intensive care and psychiatric care units will be determined by unit nurse managers or charge nurse based on patient acuity and/or patient activity.
Children may visit patients at the discretion of the physician and/or nurse manager or remain in waiting rooms under the supervision of a responsible adult.
A family member, friend, or designated support person may be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of their hospital stay. The support person may not be prohibited or discriminated against based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression.
The support person may or may not be the patient's surrogate decision maker or legally authorized representative. The presence of the support person is allowed unless the individual's presence infringes on others' rights, safety, or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated.
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.