Family and friends can be an important part of a patient’s healing and recovery. We invite our patients to welcome their loved ones for a visit when it is convenient, as long as the visit supports the comfort, care and privacy of our patients, as well as our visitor policy and any temporary restrictions.
In some circumstances, visiting hours and the number of visitors may be limited. Please see below for more information or any visitor restrictions.
Temporary COVID-19 Visitor Restrictions
In response to COVID-19 and guidelines from the state of Maryland, Adventist HealthCare has updated its Visitor Policy.
Updated: March 25, 2021
- Fort Washington, Shady Grove and White Oak Medical Centers and Rehabilitation are allowing one healthy adult visitor for admitted patients. Visiting hours and other policies vary by hospital as noted below.
- No visitors are permitted for COVID-19 patients or persons under investigation for COVID-19, except as noted below.
- Hospital visitors must present valid ID and will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry to the hospital. Visitors with COVID-19 symptoms will not be permitted. Visitors also must sign an attestation agreeing to comply with all hospital regulations.
- Visitors must wear a hospital-issued face mask at all time, practice hand hygiene and social distance. Visitors must remain within the patient’s room during the visit and not travel to other areas of the hospital including the cafeteria and waiting areas.
Location Specific Policies
Please select a location below for specifics of that location’s current Visitor Policy:
Fort Washington Medical Center
Fort Washington Medical Center will allow one adult visitor for inpatient and observation patients, except Persons Under Investigation (PUIs) or those diagnosed with COVID-19, from 1-3 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. daily.
Visitor guidelines will be:
- One adult visitor will be permitted during each visiting time period.
- Visitors must present to the front desk in the main lobby. They will be escorted to the ambulance security desk for check-in and screening. Visitors may only enter the hospital through the main entrance.
- Visitors will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms upon entering, prior to each visit, and must sign an attestation. Visitors will not be allowed if symptoms are present.
- Visitors must wear a hospital-issued mask at all times and practice frequent hand hygiene.
- Visitors must remain within the patient’s room during the visit and cannot travel to the cafeteria, waiting areas or other parts of the hospital.
Fort Washington’s leaders will continue to periodically evaluate our visitor policy for effectiveness and safety. Thank you in advance for helping us make the visitation policy safe and beneficial to our patients and their loved ones.
Shady Grove Medical Center
- Visiting hours are 1-4 p.m. daily. Hours may be reduced due to variability based on the condition of the patient and visitor volumes.
- Patients must designate the visitor to the Nursing Department ahead of time.
- Visitors are not permitted in the Emergency Department or outpatient areas, unless they meet the four exceptions noted.
- For maternity patients, one designated trained Doula is also permitted in the Labor and Delivery Department and must remain on the unit.
White Oak Medical Center
- Visitation is permitted at any time, according to the guidelines noted.
- One visitor is permitted for observation and Emergency Department patients.
- Patients having outpatient procedures or outpatient testing are permitted one visitor.
Eligible patients at Takoma Park and Rockville Inpatient Hospitals may select up to two people to visit them throughout their stay and register them with Nursing Department.
- One visitor will be allowed to visit per day.
- Visitation hours are 6-9 p.m.
- Visitors must check in at the Information Desk
- The visitor may be asked to leave if room capacity exceeds four people (semiprivate) or three people (private) at any time.
- Patient Spokesperson calls will continue, unless the spokesperson is the visitor and the update can be made while visiting.
- Visitors are not permitted to be in the gym unless they are there for a scheduled family training.
Exceptions to Visitor Restrictions
- One parent or guardian for a minor child in our care
- One adult visitor for Labor & Delivery patients during the length of stay
- Compassionate care, end-of-life situations
- Support persons for individuals with disabilities (in accordance with AHC CP 209.0 - Access to Support Persons for Individuals with Disabilities in Health Care Settings During the COVID-19 Pandemic)
In the four situations noted above, Adventist HealthCare limits visitation to only those persons who are essential for the patient's physical or emotional well-being. Visitors must comply with all CDC guidance regarding visitation.
To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to keep all in our community safe, please note our current visitor policy. Please remember to further prevent the spread of illness by wearing a mask that covers your nose and mouth, practicing good health hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer, coughing/sneezing into your sleeve or tissue, and avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
If you have further questions regarding the Visitor Policy, please contact our hospitals directly: