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At MedStar Good Samaritan we realize how important it is to have family and friends play a part in the healing process. Exceptions to standard visiting hours can be made to accommodate what is best for each patient.

During your visit, we encourage you to respect the privacy and comfort of all patients. Please observe the following guidelines:

  • As of July 1, 2016, general visiting hours will be from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. daily. Visitors arriving before 11 a.m. will need approval from either the charge nurse, patient’s nurse on the unit or the Assistant Director of Nursing.
    • Exceptions: On New Year’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas, visiting hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • No more than two visitors may visit a patient at the same time. Additional visitors are welcome to wait in the hospital’s main lobby.
  • Children under the age of twelve (12) may not visit a patient unless special permission is obtained from the nursing leadership. If allowed, the child must be accompanied by an adult and is counted as one of the two visitors.
  • As of March 2017, visitors will be asked to provide a driver’s license or state issued ID that will be scanned into our new visitor system, and a photo of the visitor will be taken. A visitor pass with an expiration date will be printed and provided to the visitor. Once a visitor’s information and photo is in the system, he or she will not have to repeatedly provide ID or have a photo taken. For future visits, the visitor’s name will be recognized and the pass issued. If you have any questions, please contact Security at 443-444-4300.
  • Leave outside food or beverages at home, unless requested by a patient through a doctor's order.
  • Wear proper attire. People with no shoes and/or shirt are not permitted in the hospital. All children in waiting areas within the hospital must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Stand clear of any patient care equipment in use at the bedside.
  • Exceptions can be made to accommodate what is best for our patients. Simply talk to the patient's nurse, charge nurse or the Assistant Director of Nursing.
  • MedStar Good Samaritan is a smoke-free campus and prohibits the use of tobacco.
  • The hospital reserves the right to place restrictions or limitations on visitors if necessary for clinical reasons.

Critical Care Visiting Hours (ICU/CCU)

  • Visitors are permitted during the following times:
    • 10 a.m. to noon
    • 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
    • 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    • 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Critical patients may have no more than two (2) visitors in the room; others must wait in the lounge outside of the critical care area.
  • The phone located in the lounge is available to call the unit that you are entering to visit.
  • We ask that patients' families delegate one member to call the unit at 443-444-4085 or 443-444-4090 for patient information.
General Inpatient Units 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Only two visitors are permitted during one visiting period. No children under age 12. Special permission may be obtained from Nursing leadership.
Critical/Intensive Care Units (CCU/ICU)

10 a.m. to noon
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Only two visitors are permitted during one visiting period. No children under age 12. Special permission may be obtained from Nursing leadership.
Emergency Department 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Only one visitor is permitted at a time. Special circumstances must be approved by the ED charge nurse.
Inpatient Rehab Unit 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Only two visitors are permitted during one visiting period. No children under age 12. Special permission may be obtained from Nursing leadership. The unit may designate a person(s) to be identified as patient coach for the duration of the admission. The coach will be issued one pass by security to be used for the duration of the admission.

MedStar Good Samaritan provides health care with a patient-centered care focus, which means our policies reflect what is best for our patients. Our visitation policy recognizes the important role that family and friends play in the healing process. In addition, we must provide a safe and secure environment for patients, staff and other guests.

Our guidelines reinforce the need to minimize disruptions to the therapeutic environment of the hospital, while giving patients and their guests time together to:

  • make health-related decisions;
  • learn self-care techniques so they go home prepared; and
  • visit with each other, which helps to fulfill emotional and spiritual needs.

The Security Department is primarily responsible for regulating visitors. However, each MedStar Good Samaritan staff member plays a role in enabling guests to feel comfortable and at ease during their visits.