On this page:
- What to Bring
- Safekeeping Your Belongings
- Internet Access
- Telephone Service
- Flowers and Mail
- Patient Meals
- Language Services
- Patient Representative
- Pet Therapy
There is no cost to park at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Valet parking is available for $3 and operates Monday - Friday, 7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Service not available on holidays.
Please notify hospital staff if you are parking your vehicle in the hospital parking lot during your stay.
Updated September 26, 2022.
To protect the health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff, the following visitation guidelines are in effect:
- Up to two visitors per patient will be permitted to visit at a time;
- Visitors must be age 18 and older;
- Visiting hours are for inpatients only from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily;
- All visitors must self-screen for symptoms related to COVID-19 or other transmittable illnesses prior to their arrival and must comply with other infection control protocols;
- Emergency Department and surgical patients continue to be permitted one support person accompany them to the hospital with certain limitations;
- Visitation for patients who are positive for COVID-19 and/or under COVID-19 precautions remains limited due to infection control precautions, but can be permitted for exceptions such as end-of-life care or patients with special needs. Virtual visitation continues to be available when in-person visitation cannot be conducted in a safe manner;
- Visitation is restricted for individuals who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have not completed the current recommended CDC isolation criteria, have reported exposure to or symptoms consistent with COVID-19 during the prior 10 days, have a temperature equal to or greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit, or are exhibiting symptoms of an illness that could be transferred to patients.
- Exceptions may be made to these guidelines for extenuating circumstances, such end-of-life visits or for patients with special needs (children, disabled individuals, or those with cognitive impairments).
Contacting a Patient in the Hospital
If you need to contact a patient in the hospital and cannot visit, you can be connected to their room phone by calling (716) 447-6100.
Visiting hours and policies are subject to change depending on current public health conditions and regulatory guidance. New York State continues to require masks in hospitals and other healthcare settings.
Please let a member of our care team know if you have any additional questions. These guidelines are in place for everyone’s safety.
We reserve the right to alter them or make exceptions at the discretion of our care team. Visitors who do not comply, will be asked to leave.
Visitors will not be discriminated against on the basis of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.
Visitor Photo Pass
Kenmore Mercy Hospital uses a visit management system that includes photographic identification for our visitors. Please have your driver's license or state issued identification ready when you enter the facility so that we can print an adhesive visitor pass for you.
This pass will display the visitor's photograph, hospital destination, and the date the pass was issued.
We appreciate your cooperation in making our hospital a safer, more secure place for our patients, families, and caregivers.
What to Bring
Proof of Identification and Insurance Cards
Bring a driver's license or other proof of identification, as well as appropriate insurance cards, including Medicare and other insurance identification cards, to ensure receipt of proper credit for your insurance coverage.
To make your stay more comfortable, we recommend that you bring a bathrobe, slippers, desired walking shoes, nightgown or pajamas and toiletries. The hospital will provide other necessary articles.
Electric razors and blow-dryers are permitted, but the hospital does not take responsibility for their safekeeping.
Safekeeping Your Belongings
The hospital is not responsible for cash, valuables and personal items you take to your room with you. This includes eyeglasses, hearing aids, dentures, canes, prostheses, wheelchairs and other easily misplaces items.
Dentures, Eyeglasses or Contact Lenses
If you wear dentures, eyeglasses or contact lenses, you should keep them in protective containers, labeled with your name, when not in use. Never place dentures on meal trays, put them under the pillow, or wrap them in napkins, otherwise they may be easily lost.
Jewelry and Valuables
All jewelry and valuables should be sent home or placed in the hospital safe.
- If any personal items are brought to you or taken home after admission to your room, notify your nurse who will then add to or delete these items from the original listing of your personal belongings.
- Any items left behind in rooms not claimed within one month (30 days) after discharge, will be disposed of.
Free wireless internet access is available throughout the hospital. To begin using this service, open your wireless connection utility, scan available networks and connect to "Catholic Health Visitor."
Telephone service is complimentary.
You will be able to receive incoming telephone calls and place outgoing local calls from the telephone in your room.
Outgoing calls can be made by dialing “8” and then the telephone number you are calling. For incoming telephone calls, family and friends may reach you by calling 447-6262 between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
Long distance telephone calls are made at your own expense.
Cell Phone Usage
The use of cellular phones in the hospital is prohibited due to the potential interference with some medical life-safety equipment.
Television services are complimentary.
No personal television sets or radios are allowed in your room.
Flowers and Mail
Any mail, packages, or flowers will be delivered daily to your room. Outgoing mail may be given to your nurse. Mail received after your discharge will be forwarded to your home.
Newspapers are for sale in the main lobby. The gift shop has other reading materials.
Hundreds of meals are prepared daily at Kenmore Mercy Hospital and each tray receives individual attention. Nourishing and well-balanced meals are an important part of your treatment and recovery. A registered dietitian works closely with your physician to provide you with individual nutritional care.
Our food service program is called “At Your Service.” Upon admission an ambassador will present you with a restaurant-style menu containing foods correlated to the diet prescribed by your physician. When you wish to receive your meal(s), dial 7-FOOD (73663) and place your order with the call center receptionist. You will receive your personal, “made-to-order” meal within 45 minutes of placing your order.
Call Center Hours:
- 7 a.m. - 10 a.m. – Breakfast
- 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. – Lunch
- 4 p.m. - 7 p.m. – Dinner
If you need something during “off” hours, please tell your nurse to call Nutritional Services.
Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) for more than 200 languages is available through iPads and desktop computers on portable carts that can be wheeled into patient rooms. Medically trained and certified interpreters translate through a live, web-based video conference, similar to Skype. At the push of a button, a healthcare provider is connected to the interpreter within seconds.
American sign language interpreters are also available through VRI and in-person on a case-by-case basis.
The Patient Representative program is designed to help you with any questions, problems or concerns that may arise during your stay with us here at Kenmore Mercy Hospital.
If you have any concerns about hospital policies, procedures, or personnel, or if anything occurs during your visit which you would like to share with someone, please ask to see the patient representative or call (716) 447-6914.
For those who would like to discuss concerns about a recent visit and are no longer in the hospital, please call (716) 923-1885.
Therapy dogs are scheduled to visit Kenmore Mercy on a regular basis. When volunteer handlers and their dogs arrive, they check in at the nursing station to see if any patients or families would like a visit.
To request a pet visit, please ask your nurse if a dog is on-site.
Patients who are allergic to dogs or who are in isolation may not receive pet visits.
Our dogs and volunteers go through an application process before they can visit the hospital. Therapy dogs are also trained and certified by Therapy Dogs International.
Please note that as of January 1, 2008, smoking is not permitted anywhere on the Kenmore Mercy campus and its off-site locations, including the Kenmore Mercy Hospital Medical Office Building, and McAuley Residence.