Current Visitor Guidelines


Emergency Department

  • Adult patient: One visitor who must stay in the patient's room for duration of visit.
  • Pediatric patient: Two parents and/or guardians who must stay in the patient's room for the duration of visit.


Inpatient units:

  • Adult inpatient: Two visitors per patient per day during the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
  • Pediatric inpatients: Two parents or guardians allowed.
  • Women and Infants Center: Two support persons during delivery. After delivery, three visitors allowed per day. Also after delivery, siblings of the new baby can visit during regular visiting hours. The siblings will need to be accompanied by one of the previously approved visitors. They must come to the unit and go directly to the parents room and not walk through the hospital.
  • End-of-life patients: Two visitors per patient per day.


Surgery (inpatient and outpatient): One visitor in the patient’s room for the duration of the surgical procedure. 

Outpatient diagnostic and therapy services: One visitor may accompany the patient or wait in designated waiting areas. 

Patients with intellectual and/or developmental disability or cognitive impairments: One support person. 




COVID-19 positive patients
Two visitors per patient per day will be allowed on the inpatient unit and one visitor for the emergency department. As the pandemic has improved, the adequate supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) has allowed St. Joseph’s to provide this protection to families and visitors. 

Visitors of COVID positive patients must check in with nursing staff before entering a room to be provided with the mandatory PPE for their safety and will be asked to stay in the patient’s room for the duration of the visit. It is also recommended that visitors of COVID positive patients leave personal belongings at home, as purses and bags will not be allowed in the patient’s room.


Approved support persons must be over the age of 18 and will continue to be screened upon entering the facility for COVID-19 symptoms and exposure. Support persons who have any of the following symptoms or are not feeling well will NOT be allowed to visit:

  • A positive viral test within the last 10 days for SARS-COV-2,
  • Symptoms of COVID-19, or
  • Close contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Family members and loved ones should provide nursing staff with their contact information and may call the hospital’s main number to check on their loved ones. Virtual video visits with your loved one are also an option.

Guidelines are in place for the safety and protection of all our patients, colleagues and visitors. Threatening or aggressive behavior will not be tolerated. Our hospital is a safe and healing environment. Disruptive persons will be asked to leave our facility.

Visitor guidelines subject to change at any time to address the health needs of our communities.

If you know someone in the hospital, we do encourage you to call their room for a telephone visit, use your cell phones to text, call or video chat with them.  

Loved ones can be checked on by calling St. Joseph’s Hospital Breese at (618) 526-4511. An operator will connect you to patients’ rooms after you provide some information.  

Family and support persons should make sure to provide the nursing staff with their contact information.

During Flu Season


During Flu season, St. Joseph’s Hospital may restrict visitors of hospitalized patients.

Children age 14 years and younger and anyone with flu like symptoms such as fever, muscle aches, fatigue, headache, and/or a cough should refrain from visiting at any time. If it is absolutely essential for a visitor with these symptoms to visit, kindly wear a mask which is provided at all public entrances of the hospital.

Please use hand sanitizer or soap and water to wash your hands before and after visiting a patient. Thank you for participating in the recommendations to protect your health and the health of the community.

We ask that you follow these simple courtesies during all visits:

  • Visitor hours are generally from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Some areas of the hospital have different visiting hours. Please check with the appropriate department for specifics.

  • Patients are asked to welcome no more than two visitors at a time. Special arrangements for additional visitors may be made with a nurse.

  • Children under the age of four are discouraged from visiting in patient care areas, except for the Women and Infants Center, where sibling visitation is allowed.

  • Children under the age of 12 may not be left unattended and are restricted from isolation rooms and critical care.

  • Visitors must be appropriately attired (shirts and shoes required) while on hospital property.

Smoking Policy


St. Joseph's Hospital campus and its affiliated medical buildings are tobacco-free and the use of tobacco products by employees, patients, medical staff, students, contracted personnel, auxiliary, volunteers, visitors, vendors and tenants is prohibited. This policy applies to all hospital owned and managed buildings, properties and grounds.


Considering Patient Privacy


St. Joseph’s appreciates visitors considerations of our patients’ right to privacy. At any time while visiting friends or loved ones, visitors may be asked to leave the patient room in order for the physician or nursing staff to privately discuss the patient’s care.