Visiting Hours - VA Black Hills Health Care System
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VA Black Hills Health Care System


Visiting Hours

Effective: March 26, 2020

VA Black Hills Health Care System is committed to providing high-quality care while keeping Veterans and staff safe from COVID-19. Until further notice, there is a no visitor policy for the Fort Meade and Hot Springs Medical Centers.

The following exceptions may apply:

  • Patients in hospice care or receiving end-of-life treatment may be allowed an exception to the visitor policy. Individuals will be screened before visitation is approved.
  • Life-threatening emergencies will be handled on a case-by-case basis.

Support persons who accompany a Veteran are asked to remain in their vehicle and not enter the facility. If the Veteran is unable to enter the building without assistance, staff will come to the vehicle to assist.

At this time, passengers in all vehicles entering campus will be screened for symptoms and exposure to the Coronavirsus.  All patients employees are required to wear a face covering. 

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.