The Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center respects a patient's right to make decisions about his/her care, treatment and services, and to involve the patient's family in care, services, and treatment 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, marital, 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 a stay. The medical center allows for the presence of a support individual of the patient's choice, unless the individual's presence infringes on others' 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.
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily
Intensive Care Units (SICU, MICU, CCU, Unit 3D)
10 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily
Mental Health Care Units
Monday – Friday, 6:30 - 9 p.m.
What are the guidelines regarding visiting a patient?
Visiting hours may be changed to meet the needs of individual patients. Immediate family members may visit a patient before surgery. Patients are limited to two visitors at any one time. If limitations on visitors, telephone calls, or other communications are indicated for a particular patient, these limitations will be discussed and determined with the full participation of the patient and the patient’s family. All such restrictions will be fully explained to the patient and the patient’s family. Please keep in mind that if a patient requires medical attention or personal care; or if visitors are unsettling to the patient, nursing staff members might ask visitors to leave regardless of the posted visiting hours.
Are children allowed to visit a patient?
Children 15 years of age and over are permitted to visit inpatient care areas. Children under 15 years of age may visit an inpatient when the attending physician and nurse have granted permission. However, children under the age of 15 are not allowed in MICU or CCU and children under the age of 12 are not allowed in SICU. Children are required to be accompanied by an adult at all times.