Current Visitor Guidelines


Visitor restrictions are subject to change at any time to address the health needs of our communities in central and southern Illinois. Visitors will be required to wear a mask at all times while in the hospitals and should expect to be screened.

No visitors allowed in our inpatient units, except for:

  • Women and Infants Center patients may have ONE support persons (same person) throughout the duration of stay. 
  • Pediatric emergency and inpatients under the age of 18 may have TWO parents or guardians present. 
  • All patients nearing end-of-life will have special arrangements made on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Patients with intellectual and/or developmental disability or cognitive impairments may have one support person. 
  • Emergency department: No visitors. Exceptions will be made for pediatric patients and those with intellectual or developmental disabilities or cognitive impairments. If the patient becomes admitted, inpatient restrictions would apply. COVID-19 positives or persons under investigation (PUI) would not have visitors unless special circumstances are necessary. 
  • For outpatient appointments and/or procedures, including pediatric patients, ONE approved adult support person may be with the patient for the duration of their procedure or clinical visit. If the patient becomes admitted, inpatient restrictions would apply. 

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.