Visitor Guidelines

Visiting a Patient at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center

The love and support of family and friends can be very important to the healing process. At this time, visitation is limited related to the risk of COVID-19.


Front Entrance Check-In

If you have a cough, fever, or shortness of breath and are here for a treatment or appointment, you will be given a mask prior to your visit. If you are here to visit Each visitor will be given a sticker with the date and department they are visiting. This allows the clinical team to take appropriate measures to ensure safety for all patients, visitors, and staff. Additionally, if you have had contact with an individual who has COVID-19, we ask that you delay your visit. Animals, including therapy animals, are not permitted at this time, unless they are ADA service animals.


When to Visit

Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) has limited visitation from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Flu Season / COVID-19 Visiting Restrictions

During the flu season, and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the following limitations apply to visitors:

  • Inpatient Units: Visitation is limited to vulnerable patients or those nearing the end of life.
  • Women's and Children’s Services: Visitation is limited to the father/second parent, who is welcome 24 hours a day. Siblings are not able to visit at this time, due to risks associated with flu and COVID-19.
  • Emergency Department: Visitation is limited to one individual. Pediatric patients may be accompanied by one parent or family member during the visit.
  • Outpatient Department: Patients may be accompanied by one support person. If the individual accompanying you is ill or has respiratory symptoms, we ask that they not enter the facility.

SVMC’s inpatient units have technology available for virtual visitation. If you are interested in a virtual visit with a patient, please let us know.


SVMC has an extraordinary team of professionals and dedicated community leaders all committed to ensuring that the flu and COVID-19 have the lowest possible impact on the health of our community. Thank you for visiting SVMC.


COVID-19 Relief
The COVID-19 Relief Funds will provide critical support to Southwestern Vermont Health Care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your support will be used for equipment and supplies that our clinical professionals need to provide exceptional care to patients and our community.