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Visitor Policies

Welcome Around the Clock

Time with family members, loved ones and friends improves recovery and creates a healing environment essential to a patient’s health and well-being. We promote an environment of patient and family-centered care and family presence 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week for patients based upon the patient’s or patient’s designated care partner’s preference and the clinical condition of the patient. Patients are entitled to designate who may or may not visit during their stay

Family presence and visitation practices on individual patient care units may vary. Overnight stay requests should be forwarded to the patient care unit nurse leader or charge nurse for consideration and will be dependent on the patient location and condition.

General guidelines are as follows:

  • Children under 12 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
  • Family members, loved ones or visitors should not visit when they are experiencing signs of an illness.
  • No more than four family members or visitors allowed at one time.

If You Are Sick

If you have any of the following flu-like symptoms, it is very important that you do not visit patients:

  • cough
  • sore throat
  • body aches
  • headache
  • fever or chills

Thank you for helping protect our patients.

Equal Visitation

Sibley Memorial Hospital values the importance of family presence and visitation and the positive impact it has on healing and well-being of patients. Visitation is a patient right that is balanced by the primary focus of patient care and meeting the clinical needs of all patients in the facility. Patients have the right, subject to his or her consent, to receive the visitors whom he or she designates, whether a spouse, a domestic partner (including a same-sex domestic partner), another family member, or a friend, and the right to withdraw or deny such consent at any time.

Visitation privileges shall not be restricted, limited or otherwise denied on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or disability. All visitors designated by the patient (or representative where appropriate) enjoy visitation privileges that are no more restrictive than those that immediate family members would enjoy.

Visiting Hours


24-hours-a-day  - Recommended:  7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Renaissance

Unrestricted, 24-hours-a-day

Center for Babies and Families

7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Intensive Care/Telemetry Units

7 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Behavioral Health Unit

Monday – Friday; 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. & 7:30  to 8:30 p.m.
Weekends: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Patient Information Desk

Volunteers at the information desk will provide callers who ask for you by name with your room and phone number, unless you request at the time of admission that this information be withheld. Patient condition reports are not given. Out-of-town visitors may receive information on short-term accommodations at the information desk.

Parking & Transportation

Parking is available at the hospital; learn more about parking at Sibley.

The D6 and M4 Metro bus and the Number 23 Ride-On bus serve Sibley. Schedules are available at the information desk. There is a courtesy phone in the lobby with direct lines to taxicab companies.

Windows Café

Windows Café, our cafeteria, is located on the ground floor to the right as you exit the elevators.


Breakfast: 6:30 - 10:00 a.m
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Pizza, Soup, & Snacks: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30 - 7:00 p.m.

There is a vending area adjacent to the cafeteria open 24 hours a day, with snacks, beverages and light meals.

Wireless Internet

Wireless internet access is available in Windows Café and throughout the hospital. The service is free and is provided for the convenience of patients, visitors and guests. To connect, select the "Sibley Guest" network from your device and accept the terms and conditions.

Coffee Kiosk

A coffee kiosk is located on the main floor by the Chapel.


ATMs are located on the ground floor opposite the elevator and on the main floor to the right of the elevators.

Tobacco-Free Campus

To promote the health and safety of patients, staff and visitors, Sibley Memorial Hospital is a tobacco-free campus. Smoking is not permitted in any area of the hospital or on the grounds. Medical treatment for nicotine addiction may be available through your physician.

Smoking Cessation Resources

  • DC Tobacco Free Coalition
    1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669)
  • American Lung Association
    1-800-LUNG-USA (586-4872)

Additional information is available upon request.