Visiting Hours - Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas
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Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center - Houston, Texas

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Visiting Hours

Visitation policy

Please review these guidelines before you visit a patient at our medical center.

VA Houston is focused on protecting our Veterans and staff in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. We continue to closely monitor the number of visitors to our medical center in order to ensure the safety of our Veterans and staff. Everyone entering our facilities is screened and visitors are limited. Face coverings are mandatory.

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center
2002 Holcombe Boulevard
Houston, TX 77030

Visiting hours

Visiting hours are 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.

Outpatients coming in for appointments are allowed to bring in one visitor or family member with them if they need assistance due to a physical disability, mental disability or if they are having an outpatient procedure.

Non-COVID inpatients can designate a visitor who can visit them once per day as long as the visitor order is documented in their chart. Visitation time will be limited by our facility visitation hours. You should report to the nurse's station before going to a patient's room.

Visitors other than the designated visitor will require a separate order documenting one of the allowed indications below:

  1. Participate in bedside Goals of Care/end of life/code status change discussions when deemed necessary by the treatment team.
  2. Provide support for the actively dying Veteran.
  3. Receive required hands-on training for post discharge care of the Veteran.

Visitors will not be allowed to wait in common areas and will be screened and required to wear face coverings.

Bringing children to visit

No visitors under the age of 18 are permitted.

Limiting your visit

Our doctors may limit, restrict, or deny visits for the medical well-being of a patient.  We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding.

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.