Visiting Hours - James J. Peters VA Medical Center
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James J. Peters VA Medical Center


Visiting Hours

Visiting hours are broadly established based upon the needs of the patient.  While the medical center maintains a very liberal visitation policy, endeavoring to be accommodative to all, visitors are encouraged to discuss any special visiting needs with the unit's head nurse. Whenever possible and medically appropriate, the nurse will coordinate special visiting arrangements to meet patient and family needs.

On the general wards, visiting hours are 24 hours a day.  However, there are different times for some of the wards which provide specialized care and care for the seriously ill. When in question, call the medical center at (718) 584-9000 for specific ward visiting hours and information.

If you are unable to visit a patient personally, you may call the patient or send a card or gift.

Visiting Hours

Medical and Surgical Units

  • 24 Hours (Daily)

Spinal Cord Injury Units

  • 8am - 8pm (Daily)

Psychiatry Unit

  • 6pm - 8pm
  • 2pm - 6pm
    (Weekends & Holiday's)

Community Living Center

  • 24 Hours to be coordinated and assessed on an individual basis (Daily)
  • Supportive Care Unit (part of the Community Living Center)24 Hours to be coordinated and assessed on an individual basis (Daily)

Intensive Care Units

  • 24 Hours to be coordinated and assessed on an individual basis (Daily)

Number of Visitors

There are no formal restrictions on the number of visitors a patient may have at any one time, though consideration will be given to both the welfare of the patient and, where applicable, the patient's roommate(s).

Food and Beverages

Vending machines are available throughout the facility for visitor and staff convenience. Visitors may not bring food or beverages to patients without authorization from unit physicians or nurses.


Members of the clergy are welcome to visit patients who are members of their particular religious group at any time at the discretion of the unit physicians or nurses.


For the health and well-being of a patient, the attending physician may limit, extend, restrict, or deny visitation at his or her discretion. We apologize for any inconvenience when this occurs, and appreciate your understanding that it may be medically necessary and will always be done in the best interests 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.