Daily visiting hours are established for the comfort and safety of your friend or loved one, as well as for other patients at Shawnee Mission Health (SMH). We welcome visitors and realize that they are integral to a patient's recovery. Your adherence to our visiting policies will assist us in doing the best job we can to help your loved one recover. Please contact Patient Information at 913-676-2110 or 913-676-2111 for more information.
General Shawnee Mission Medical Center (SMMC) Visiting Hours
SMMC maintains visiting hours between 11 a.m.- 8 p.m. for the families and visitors of our patients. An announcement that visiting hours are over will be made over the hospital intercom every evening at 8 p.m. Hospital doors will be closed at 9 p.m., with the exception of the Emergency Department, which will remain open at all hours with Security present.
Accomodations may be made for family member(s) to spend the night in the patient's room, based on their condition or desires. Please check with the nurse.
Cardiac Care Unit (CCU)
The CCU is open to visitation, allowing family and friends to visit throughout the day. Each room is equipped with a sleeper chair to allow to overnight stays for immediate family members.
Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
Visiting is encouraged for immediate family and/or significant other as designated by the patient. Up to three visitors are allowed at any one time.
Visitors may be asked to step out based on procedures, patient privacy, medical crisis or safety issues.
Families should inform nursing staff where they can be reached when away from the ICU.
Mental Health and Addiction Recovery Unit (ARU)
Visiting hours on Mental Health units are 5:30-7 p.m. All visitors must sign in and know the patient’s code number. Visiting Hours for children under 12 is 5-5:30 p.m. after approval from the physician. Children must be supervised by an adult and must remain in the designated visiting area at all times.
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
Parents are encouraged to visit the NICU at any time.
- Visitation is restricted to two (2) persons per patient. One of those must be the parent or support person.
- Visitors may be asked to leave during a medical crisis or when complicated procedures are performed.
- Parents and visitors must scrub their hands for three minutes.
- Only parents, grandparents and siblings over the age of 12 may touch or hold the baby.
- Siblings who are three years or older may visit at the discretion of the baby's doctor or nurse.
For the safety and health of our patients, visitors should not enter a room if they have any symptoms of cold or flu, diarrhea, or a draining wound. Hands should be washed meticulously at the sink or use alcohol foam inside the room so the patients have been assured that it has been done.
No fresh fruits, vegetables, plants or flowers are allowed in the room. Silk flowers and cookie bouquets are acceptable.
For patients being treated with radioactive implants, visitation is strictly controlled. All visitors must check with a nurse prior to entering a patient’s room.
The Cedarwood Room is provided for all visitors of patients in radiology. Visitors are not allowed in the rooms with patients during radiologic procedures. Exceptions are made at the discretion of the radiologist and nursing staff when it is in the best interests of the patients, depending on the type of procedure to be performed. When allowed to remain in the room, visitors must be shielded by a lead apron or stand behind a barrier during exposure.
Shawnee Mission Birth Center
Visiting hours for the Shawnee Mission Birth Center will be based upon the patient's condition and desires, need for rest and treatment requirements, and are designed to incorporate the individual family needs. The assigned nurse will assist the family with arranging flexible or controlled visiting times. They will instruct visitors on the importance of hand washing by all who wish to touch the baby.
- Due to safety and security concerns for our patients, no visitors/family will be allowed to wait in hallways outside the patient's room. Visitors will be directed to designated waiting areas.
- In the C-Section area, one person will be allowed to accompany the patient for support. Two visitors may be allowed in recovery.
- New fathers or a designated support person may visit any time. They must wear the identification bracelet provided by the hospital staff.
- No infants under one year of age are allowed on the unit.
- All visitors, including children, must be healthy with no rashes, infections, colds, runny noses, diarrhea or recent exposure to infectious disease. Adequate observation by the medical and nursing staff occurs to screen children/siblings.
- For the safety of our patients, please do not bring latex balloons (mylar balloons are okay).
Visitors are welcome, but only in the Ambulatory Care Center, Pre-op Holding and Day Surgery areas. One family member or significant other may stay at the bedside, based on the patient's condition. Exceptions are made at the discretion of the nursing staff caring for the patient. When a medical treatment is being performed, visitors may be requested to leave the room.