Battle Creek VA Medical Center
Visitation is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, except in the Inpatient Mental Health Units where the hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Children are welcomed visitors, except when involving Veterans in an immune-compromised condition.
Visiting will take place in the room/space designated for visiting. Visiting hours may be unlimited for seriously ill patients on medical wards and Community Living Center units. The length of each visit will be at the discretion of the nursing staff, based on the best interest of the patient.
Visiting hours for patients on psychiatric wards are from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Visiting will take place in the room/space designated for visiting. Visiting hours may be unlimited for seriously ill patients on medical wards and Community Living Center units. The length of each visit will be at the discretion of the nursing staff, based on the best interest of the patient.
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.