Visiting Hours - VA Northern California Health Care System
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Visiting Hours

Sacramento VA Medical Center

General Visiting Hours
8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily

ICU Visiting Hours
10:00 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. daily

Center for Rehabilitation and Extended Care

Visiting Hours
10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily

Visiting hours are based on the needs of the patient, and visitors are encouraged to discuss any special visiting needs with the nurse manager. Whenever possible and medically appropriate, the nurse will coordinate special visiting arrangements to meet patient and family needs.

If you are unable to visit a patient personally, you may call the patient or send a card or gift to-

Sacramento VA Medical Center
Attn: Patient Name and Room Number
10535 Hospital Way
Mather, CA 95655

For the patient's room number or to contact a patient, please call (916) 843-7000.

Center for Rehabilitation and Extended Care
Attn: Patient Name and Room Number/Unit
150 Muir Road
Martinez, CA 94553

For the patient's room number or to contact a patient, please call (925) 372-2000.

Sacramento VA Medical Center

Number of Visitors

Normally, inpatients at the Sacramento VA Medical Center may receive no more than two visitors at a time.

Children Under 12 Years of Age

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

Our general policy is that children under 12 may not visit patients. In extreme circumstances, children under 12 may visit with the permission of the physician and the unit nurse manager. An adult must accompany children at all times.

Medical-Surgical Unit

Patient care is our first priority, so there may be times when visitors may be asked to step out of the patient's room. We ask that children and adults with colds or infectious diseases not visit patients. It is recommended that children under 12 not visit inpatients. When it is in the best interest of the patient to have children under 12 visit, permission must be obtained from the unit nurse manager.


Members of the clergy are welcome to visit their members at any time at the discretion of the unit physicians or nurses.

ICU Overnight Visits

We do not normally have space to accommodate overnight stays for family members of patients. However, depending on the patient's condition, the physician in charge may authorize extended or overnight stays for patients who are terminally ill and whose death is imminent, and those patients requiring one-to-one observation.

Center for Rehabilitation and Extended Care

Family and friends are encouraged to visit patients as this is considered an important part of the healing process. All visitors entering the building after 8:00 p.m. must sign in with the VA Police at the main entrance.

Patients whose condition permits them to leave the unit are encouraged to visit with relatives and friends on the grounds or other suitable areas of the CREC.

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.