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Visitors and Families

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Visitor Guidelines 

Restrictions for Visitors Entering Sibley

Visitor Screening

To protect everyone on our campus from the spread of COVID-19, we enacted a strict visitor screening and visitation policy.

Visitors entering Sibley will be asked to sign in and respond to the following screening questions:

  • Do you have fever, cough, shortness of breath, muscle aches, sore throat, unexplained loss of taste or smell, headache or diarrhea?
  • Have you had close contact with someone who has COVID-19?
  • Visitors who answer yes to any of the screening questions will be asked to leave the facility.
  • Individuals who answer yes to any of the screening questions but who have a scheduled appointment or are seeking emergency care will be allowed to enter the facility. They will be asked to put on a face mask before entering.
  • Those accompanying patients for an appointment will not be permitted to enter if they have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or have had close contact with someone who has COVID-19.
  • Upon entering the facility as well as entering and exiting patient rooms, individuals will be asked to hand wash or use hand-sanitizing gel.
  • Please plan to arrive early for your appointment to allow time to complete the screening process.

Testing for laboring mothers

Due to the potential for asymptomatic women in labor to be COVID-19-positive, each woman who is admitted for delivery will receive a rapid COVID-19 test. The care team will follow our COVID-19 protocol and will resume non-COVID-19 guidelines if the test comes back negative.

Failure to identify COVID-19 in asymptomatic women in labor presents a high risk for transmitting the virus to others, including the newborn baby. 


As part of our continuing effort to protect our patients, staff members and community from COVID-19, NO VISITORS will be permitted except in certain, limited circumstances*:

  • Special Care Nursery: two designated caregivers per patient
  • Labor & Delivery and post-partum: one designated visitor
  • End-of-life care: two visitors at a time

*For additional exceptions please visit

Emergency Department open 24/7.

Equal Visitation

Sibley Memorial Hospital values the importance of family presence and visitation and the positive impact it has on the 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 their consent, to receive the visitors they designate — including spouses, domestic partners (including same-sex domestic partners), other family members or friends — 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

11 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Family Centered Care Unit
1:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Critical Care and Cardiac Care Units
11 a.m. – 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Psychiatric Unit
Monday – Friday: 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Weekends: 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – 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 for reasonable rates.

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 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Lunch: 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Pizza, Soup, & Snacks: 2 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Dinner: 4:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.

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

Wireless Internet

Wireless internet access is available in Windows Café. The service is free and is provided for the convenience of patients, visitors and guests.


Purée juice

Purée, a 100% organic, raw vegan, fresh, cold-pressed juice bar is located in the lobby of Building B.

Hours: Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We strongly believe, and research substantiates our belief, that nutrition is a key component of overall health and disease prevention. We strive to ensure that our patients, visitors and staff are offered healthy—and delicious—food options, not only to please their palates, but their bodies as well.” —Richard O. Davis, Ph.D., president and CEO of Sibley Memorial Hospital.

Purée's mission to source organic, local ingredients directly aligns with Sibley's commitment to helping our community maintain a healthy and green lifestyle.

Au Bon Pain

Au Bon Pain is located at the garage entrance of Building A. 

Hours: Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


An ATM machine is located in Building C, Level 1 opposite the elevator and on the main floor to the right of the elevators.

Smoking: 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 information:

DC Tobacco Free Families: 1-800-QUIT-NOW
American Lung Association: 1-800-586-4872