Visiting Policy

At Gracie Square Hospital, we partner with patients, families, and friends to promote a safe and comfortable healing environment. All visitors chosen by the patient or by a support person will have visitation privileges consistent with the patient's wishes.

Visitation privileges will not be limited or denied based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression. Visitors may include but are not limited to a spouse, same or opposite sex domestic partner, another family member, or a friend, for emotional support during the course of their stay. Please note, for the well-being of our patients, members of the care team may limit visiting. Our staff will work with visitors and patients, especially those in semi-private rooms, to allow patients time to rest and sleep.

Visiting Hours

Visitation hours are 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. Two adult visitors are permitted during this period and may visit at the same time.

Effective February 22, 2024

We thank you for making the time to visit your loved ones at Gracie Square Hospital. The health and safety of our patients, visitors, support persons, employees, and community remain our top priority. Therefore, in line with the latest guidelines issued by the New York State Department of Health, we have revised our visitation policy. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For Patients and Visitors

Checking In

The safety of the individuals under our care is our utmost priority. Therefore, we ask that all visitors check in with hospital staff upon arrival and allow them to inspect all packages and other items before your visit. Visitors will be asked to store items not allowed on the unit, such as cell phones and laptops. Secured lockers are offered as a courtesy during visits. Please do not hesitate to ask a staff member if you are uncertain if an item is safe. What might be safe for your loved one might not be safe for others on the unit.

Food on Patient Units

Meals are provided to all patients and prepared internally by our kitchen and dining staff. Food is not permitted to be eaten in patient rooms; rather, we serve meals in a community dining setting. Clinical dietitians are readily available and menus are tailored to each individual patient's needs. Due to limited storage capacity, we ask that unless there are religious reasons, visitors limit bringing food into the hospital, and if needed, please bring only enough for one visit and sitting (during designated visiting hours).

Items Not Permitted on Patient Units

Importantly, we ask that visitors refrain from giving any individual on the unit the following items, as these may cause serious harm or injury on an inpatient psychiatric unit:

Note: A patient’s own tweezers, nail clippers, or crochet hook may at times be part of the unit sharp count and signed out by patient for use if deemed clinically appropriate.

Smoking Policy

Gracie Square Hospital is a smoke-free environment. Our treatment team can support a patient’s smoking cessation efforts and/or provide nicotine replacement.