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- Patient Representative
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Please notify hospital staff if you are parking your vehicle in the hospital parking lot during your stay.
|Length of Stay||Cost|
|Lost ticket & non-hospital related business||$25|
Value Parking Passes
Free Valet Parking on the Day of Discharge
If a friend or family member will pick you up on the day of discharge, please ask him or her to do the following:
1. Use our valet parking service at the main hospital entrance or park in the "Reserved for Discharge" parking spaces on the 2nd floor of the ramp.
Please do not have your family member or friend park and wait or leave their car in the front circle of the main hospital entrance.
2. Inform the valet parking attendant that you will be discharged that day.
A hospital staff member will transport you by wheelchair and escort your family member or friend to the parking ramp’s 2nd floor discharge location. They will also notify the valet attendant that you are coming.
The valet service will deliver the car for pickup.
If the car was self-parked, your friend or family member can retrieve their car nearby and pick you up at the 2nd floor discharge location.
Updated January 14, 2022.
To protect the health and safety of our patients, visitors and staff, the following visitation guidelines are in effect:
- In response to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases that have placed significant pressure on hospital capacity across the region, Catholic Health has temporarily restricted all inpatient visitation with a few exceptions.
- Exceptions may be made to these guidelines for extenuating circumstances, such end-of-life visits or for patients with special needs (disabled individuals, cognitive impairments, verified psychological condition or assistance needed for educational/vocational tasks);
- Emergency department patients may be accompanied by a support person for a period of time based on the care team’s judgement but must exit the facility immediately if the patient is admitted;
- At the discretion of the surgical leadership at a facility, surgery patients may be accompanied by a support person during the initial intake registration process. Support persons, if permitted, will be required to exit the facility once the patient is taken to the preoperative preparation area. All waiting areas are closed until further notice;
- All visitors must complete and bring a copy of the Catholic Health Visitor Form;
- All visitors will be required to complete a health screening (questions and temperature check), wear a medical-grade face mask at all times (provided by hospital if needed – no personal cloth masks permitted), clean their hands with soap/water/hand sanitizer before entering and after leaving a patient room, and practice social distancing throughout the visit;
- Visitation is not permitted for patients receiving care on a restricted COVID unit, subject to end-of-life exceptions. Virtual visits are available for patients diagnosed with COVID-19;
- Individuals are not permitted visitation if they have an active COVID-19 diagnosis; are under investigation for COVID-19; have been in contact with a person actively infected with COVID-19 within 10 days; are currently exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms; or are otherwise under quarantine for any reasons relating to New York State COVID-related advisories.
MATERNITY VISITOR GUIDELINES
On labor and delivery units, a mother may have one support person as well as a doula, if requested, who may accompany the patient throughout labor and delivery. Hospital inpatient restrictions will apply to the postpartum period, including recovery, until discharge to home. No additional visitors will be permitted at this time.
CONTACTING A PATIENT IN THE HOSPITAL
We understand how difficult it can be to not be able to a visit loved when they are in the hospital and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. These restrictions are in place to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in our community and protect the health and well-being of our patients and care staff. If you have a loved one in the hospital, you can be connected to their room phone by calling (716) 826-7000.
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.
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.
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."
Skype service is available by appointment. To make arrangements, please contact the patient representative at (716) 828-2044 or the nursing supervisor.
Telephone service is free.
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.
Long distance telephone calls can be made at your own expense by dialing “8” and then “0”.
Television services are complimentary.
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.
The Buffalo News and USA Today are available to purchase in newspaper boxes in the main lobby on the 2nd floor. Magazines and other reading materials are on sale in the Mercy Tree Gift Shop on the 3rd floor.
Nourishing and well-balanced meals are an important part of your treatment and recovery. A Registered Dietition works closely with your physician to provide you with individualized nutritional care. You will receive a meal based on your physician’s order. Please alert your caregivers to any allergies or food intolerances that you may have.
A hospitality associate will assist you with your meals. Each evening, a hospitality associate will review the next day’s
menu so that you may choose items within your prescribed diet. If you were admitted to the hospital after menus have been selected, please notify your hospitality associate to make menu selections.
Meals are served at the following times:
- Breakfast: 7:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
- Lunch: 11:10 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
- Dinner: 4:10 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
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 or concerns that may arise during your stay with us at Mercy Hospital. If you or your family members have any questions about your hospitalization, hospital policy, or have a special request, please ask to see the patient representative or call (716) 828-2044.
Information shared is confidential.
For those who would like to discuss concerns about a recent visit and are no longer in the hospital, please call (716) 923-1885.
Each of us at some time has experienced the illness of a loved one. It can be an anxious, lonely and frightening time for patients and family members. A chaplain is on call 24-hours-a-day and is available if you would like someone to talk with you, want to share your gratitude and relief, or simply want someone to be with you during a difficult time.
Please note that as of July 4, 2009, smoking is not permitted anywhere on hospital property and off-site locations. This new smoke-free policy includes all buildings, parking areas, cars parked on hospital property, grounds and adjacent sidewalks.