Patients and Families

At PVH, we know the love and support of family and friends can make a huge difference in the healing process. Relatives and friends are welcome to visit, but please remember that care is our first priority. Visiting hours are from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and guests are asked to check in at Patient Registration upon their arrival at PVH.

Visiting Regulations
Following are general guidelines for visitors:
  • Visitors may not smoke inside the hospital or outside the building. PVH is a smoke-free campus which includes our parking lots.
  • Visitors must dress appropriately and must wear shirts and shoes.
  • No more than two visitors should be at the bedside at one time. Please be considerate of other patients.
  • People with colds, sore throats or any contagious diseases should not visit patients.
  • Visits should be kept short.
  • Visitors should help maintain a quiet environment and avoid unnecessary noise.
  • Visitors may be asked to leave the room during tests or treatments or when the doctor or nurse needs to speak privately with the patient.
  • More liberal visiting arrangements may be made depending on the nature of the patient’s stay at PVH.

Some times, patients in the hospital are being treated for infections or communicable diseases that will require all who enter the room to take extra steps to prevent the spread of the illness. In these instances, hospital staff and visitors are asked to honor specific “isolation precautions.” Isolation precautions are the methods that all hospitals implement to keep germs from spreading. When a patient is undergoing treatment for infection, a STOP sign will be placed on the patient’s door. The STOP sign is designed to politely remind visitors that they need to speak with a nurse prior to entering the room.

Following these safety precautions is essential to protect yourself, your family, the patients and hospital staff. The hospital provides protective coverings free of charge in a compartment on the outside of the patient’s door. These coverings include gowns, gloves and masks, if needed. Please ask the nurse for assistance before entering the room.

Places to Stay in Lincoln
The Hospitalists are physicians who specialize in caring for patients during their stay in the hospital. They are the physicians who organize the patient’s care between departments and serve as the point of contact for other doctors and nurses, including the patient’s primary care physician (PCP). Since the Hospitalists now cover the service 24/7 in-house, they are able to meet with families after regular business hours. This is much more convenient for many working families who may have missed rounding during the day. If you have a loved one in the hospital, simply ask your nurse any time you would like to meet with the Hospitalist.

Chaplaincy Program
Hospital chaplains are available around the clock at PVH to provide spiritual support for patients, family members and hospital staff. Chaplains work closely with the patient care staff at PVH and are an integral part of our healthcare team. The spiritual services they provide are interfaith.

Announcing your Medical Wishes with an Advance Directive
If you have specific medical wishes, please print and complete this Advance Directive. Be sure to distribute copies to our hospital, your physicians, and family. An Advance Directive is an essential part of your medical care, especially when you are unable to speak your wishes in a medical emergency. Everybody should have an Advance Directive on file.