Visiting Hours

Thank you for all that you do to keep our patients and colleagues safe. It is important to note that we have visitor restrictions in place for this very reason.

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8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Having the support of your family and friends is an important part of the healing process. While we do our best to accommodate those visiting our hospital, the well-being and safety of our patients is our number one concern.

To help foster a healing environment, St. Anthony’s requests that visitors be limited to two visitors at a time when possible.

Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

Visitation in high-risk areas or for patients with communicable diseases will be at the discretion of department leadership. Similarly, departmental leadership may restrict the number of visitors at any point for the safety of patients and colleagues.

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.

Additional visiting policies for specialized service areas

  • Pediatrics: One parent or adult designee by the parents should remain with the patient at all times.
  • Labor and Delivery: Two visitors at a time. No one under 18 unless they are the patient or father of the expected newborn.
  • Postpartum: No one under 18 unless they are the sibling of the newborn and accompanied by a responsible adult.

Extended visiting will be granted on an individual basis at the discretion of the patient’s physician, nurse, or care team member, and evaluated throughout the patient’s stay. It may be necessary to limit visitors during certain situations.

You can call 217-342-2121 to talk to your loved ones at any time.


Wearing a mask is optional for most patients and visitors. Please understand that there are some exceptions when masking will still be required in our HSHS facilities in Illinois.

Masks are still required for patients and visitors who: 

  • May have respiratory illness, or symptoms similar to COVID or the flu.
  • Have been exposed to someone with COVID in the last 10 days.
  • Work or live in an area that is experiencing a COVID outbreak.
  • Visit or care for patients who are in isolation.

Additionally, patients may request that anyone in their care team wear masks in certain situations and we will respect and honor their wishes.

As we continue to monitor community transmission levels of all respiratory illnesses, HSHS reserves the right to require masking at any time, should community transmission levels change.

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We ask that you follow these simple courtesies at any visit

  • Practice hand hygiene by using hand sanitizers or washing hands with soap and water as you enter and leave the patient’s room. Please follow any isolation precautions.
  • Family members or friends who have a cold, cough, fever, or rash should not visit until they feel better.
  • Check with the nurse before bringing food and beverages to a patient in case he/she is on a special diet.