James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center - Altoona, PA
Our patients and residents often enjoy visitors and we encourage friends, family and neighbors to come to the medical center to visit as they are able.¬† Please be aware of our policies related to visitors.
Food and Beverages
Visitors may not bring food or beverages to patients without authorization from unit physicians or nurses.
Visiting hours are unrestricted.¬† The hospital allows for the presence of a support individual of the patient's/resident's choice, unless the individual's presence infringes on the rights, safety, or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated.¬† The individual may or may not the patient's/resident's surrogate decision-maker or legally authorized representative.¬† We have the right to restrict visiting when it has been determined that such restrictions protect the safety and infectious exposure of our patients/residents.¬† Concerns or issues identified are handled on a case-by-case basis. The medical center prohibits discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.
Children Under 15 Years of Age Visiting the Inpatient Unit
Children under age 15 may visit inpatients when permission has been granted by the unit physician¬†or¬†nurse. When approved by the physician or nurse, inpatients may visit with younger children in the waiting room in the main lobby.¬† Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Children of all ages are permitted to visit with residents of the Community Living Center.
Members of the clergy are welcome to visit patients who are members of their particular religious group at any time at the discretion of the unit physician or nurse.
For the health and well-being of a patient, the attending physician may limit, restrict, or deny visitation. We apologize for any inconvenience when this occurs, and appreciate your understanding that it may be medically necessary.
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.