Sanford Bemidji Medical Center Visitor Guidelines

General visiting hours are daily from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Sanford Bemidji Medical Center supports the involvement of family members in providing care for patients. While some patients and families are celebrating, others may be experiencing painful situations.

Visitors are expected to be respectful of the need for rest and privacy for all patients in the hospital. The following visitor guidelines have been developed to promote involvement of families in patient care, while also recognizing the needs for rest, privacy, and quiet times for all patients.

 Visiting hours are daily from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • The hospital’s east entrance is locked after 8:00 p.m. All visitors must enter through the west ER entrance.
  • Visitor exceptions may be made after 8:00 p.m. for the immediate family of critically ill or childbirth patients. In these cases, visitors must request permission from the nursing staff and register at the west entrance to receive a visitor’s pass from the west end visitor control officer.
  • Each patient has the right to request no visitors.
  • Keep visits short, preferably no longer than 15 minutes.
  • Limit number of visitors to no more than two at a time.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Refrain from loud talking and laughing which may disturb other patients.
  • Refrain from using patients' restrooms, sitting on patients' beds, and from placing coats or other items on patients' beds. These requests are made to control the spread of infection.
  • Disruptive behavior, intoxication, or substance abuse are not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
  • Visitors in large numbers may be asked to congregate in non-patient care areas.
  • Only immediate family members of a minor patient (18 years and under) will be allowed to stay overnight. Permission must be granted by the nurse in charge. If the immediate family member is a minor, approval by the patient's parent or legal guardian will be requested.
  • Smoking is prohibited on all Sanford Health of Northern Minnesota properties.

At Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, we want to strike the right balance between involving family and caregivers, and allowing patients to keep in contact with friends and relatives, but also providing patients with a safe, hygienic, clean, comfortable, and peaceful environment in which to receive their treatment and recover.

Thank you for your cooperation in caring for our patients and your loved ones.