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Visitor Guidelines & Hours

Visitor Guidelines

  • Most hospital visiting hours are 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily; however, other clinical settings/locations may vary. Please see visitor policies related to other care settings below

Amid an increase in respiratory illness transmissions and guidance by the Illinois Department of Public Health, we are updating our masking policy to protect our most vulnerable patients:

  • We require patients and visitors to mask when experiencing respiratory virus symptoms.
  • We strongly recommend patients to mask when they are seeking care in high-risk areas*, and other individuals to mask when they are visiting patients in high-risk areas*.
  • We kindly ask visitors who are sick to please reschedule visits.

*High risk areas include all areas within our inpatient medical centers (i.e. inpatient units, ICUs, procedural areas, labor & delivery), emergency departments and cancer centers. If you are unsure, please ask.

Main Building

  • Intensive Care Unit/IMCU: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily. Only two visitors at a time.
  • Medical Surgical Units: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily. Two visitors for semi-private room, four visitors for private room.
  • Mother/Baby Units: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily. One person allowed to stay overnight. No children under the age of 18 are allowed to stay overnight during post-partum period.

Galter Medical Pavilion:

  • Labor and Delivery: 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Support person (24 hour overnight privileges). 1 designated visitor and 1 doula that meets criteria (does not count as a visitor). No children under the age of 18.
  • Antepartum: 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Support person (overnight privileges). 2 visitors per day (not including support person) during visiting hours. Children under 12 may visit antepartum patients during sibling visitation from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm.
  • Mother/Baby: 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. • Support person 24 hours a day (overnight privileges, not counted as a visitor). 2 additional visitors at a time during visiting hours. Visitors must be >12 years of age. Sibling visitation time (for those under 12 years of age) is from 4:00 pm – 6:00pm and limited to siblings of the same household. Siblings must pass health screen and come with a designated adult supervisor who is not the patient.
  • Intermediate Care Nursery: 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. No visitors under 18 years of age. Parents only, 2 per bedside at a time. Able to visit 24 hours per day, except at shift change.

Anderson Pavilion

  • Medical Surgical Units: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily
  • Acute Rehab: 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. daily
  • Inpatient Psychiatry: 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays

Patient Room Details

Upon admission to the hospital, patients will receive a copy of our Patient Handbook, which contains information about your stay.


Swedish Hospital is dedicated to providing a safe and secure environment for all who enter our facility. All Swedish Hospital employees wear picture identification badges while on duty. The hospital has a closed-circuit monitoring system that records activities in key areas of the hospital and parking facility.

Services for Those With Disabilities

To ensure that patients with impaired sensory, mobility or speaking skills have an equal opportunity to benefit from hospital services, a variety of resources and services are available. For more information, call 773.878.8200, ext. 1700.

Galter LifeCenter

Galter LifeCenter is Chicago's only certified medical fitness center, located on our hospital's campus. For more information, call 773.878.9936.