Patients & Visitors

Visitation Guidelines

Blanchard Valley Health System welcomes our visitors. We recognize the important role of visitors in the well being, healing and recovery of our patients. Our goal is to promote healing while making the best clinical care available for our patients. 

For the safety and comfort of all patients, we ask all visitors to:

  1. Wash your hands or use the alcohol hand sanitizer in patient rooms before and after visiting to reduce infections.
  2. Observe a limit of two (2) visitors at a time in patient rooms. Dayrooms and lounges are available on each floor for visitors to rotate visitation with the patient. Large groups of visitors will be expected to limit excessive noise and behavior that may disturb other patients and visitors.
  3. Children must be accompanied by an adult and supervised at all times.
  4. Observe visitation restrictions for immune compromised or isolation patients. Visitors will be asked to comply with facility policies for isolation practices and barrier precautions as needed (masks, gloves or gowns).
  5. Visitation between 9 p.m. - 5 a.m. is discouraged so that patients can rest and heal. Limited visitation privileges will be granted based on the patient’s clinical needs.
  6. At Blanchard Valley Hospital, enter the facility through the Ruse Center Emergency Department after 9 p.m. Security will provide sign-in and directions.
  7. At Bluffton Hospital, enter through the Emergency Department entrance.

Please DO NOT:

  1. Visit if you have a cough, cold, sore throat or other contagious disease. This is for the protection of you and the patient.
  2. Bring any food or drink to a patient, unless you have permission from the patient’s nurse. Many patients have dietary restrictions related to their treatment.
  3. Use the patient’s bathroom. Visitor bathrooms are located on each floor.
  4. Bring latex balloons (due to allergies and sensitivities). Mylar balloons may be brought.
  5. Use tobacco products, as tobacco use is prohibited for associates, patients and visitors, both inside and outside the facility.