McLaren Central Michigan Opens to Visitors

Due to the low COVID-19 transmission rate in the central Michigan region, effective Monday, March 28, 2022, the visitor policy has returned to pre-pandemic guidelines for McLaren Central Michigan. This policy pertains to McLaren Central Michigan’s main campus located at 1221 South Drive, Mount Pleasant.

“COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rapidly decline throughout the central Michigan area which has enabled us to relax some of our visitor restrictions,” said Robert G. David, President and CEO at McLaren Central Michigan. "We are excited to make this change for our patients and guests since family and friends play an important role in the healing process.”

Guidelines may vary by department, notably the Karmanos Cancer Center and Family Birthing Center, but each is established in the best interest of the patient. It is important to mention children are permitted to visit with proper adult supervision except as noted in each area. "If you are unsure of visitor restrictions for a specific department, we welcome you to call ahead," said David.

As a reminder, the following guidelines must be followed by all visitors:

  • Regular visiting hours for McLaren Central Michigan are 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Prior approval by the patient's nurse must be received before bringing in any type of food, beverage or medication.
  • No smoking regulations must be observed.
  • Visitors are requested to maintain the common courtesy of no more than two visitors per patient at one time. Additional visitors may be allowed for extenuating circumstances.
  • When a physician or other member of the hospital staff arrives, visitors may be requested to leave the patient's room, which allows the patient to have privacy and efficiency of care. However, visitors may stay in the room if requested by patient and provider.
  • Clergy may visit at any time the patient wishes.
  • Visitors will be requested to observe hospital quiet time from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

All visitors are required to self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms, will be required to adhere to the established Personal Protective Equipment policy, and must always wear a mask, including while in the patient’s room. Visitors who are observed not wearing a mask, may be asked to leave.

Visitor Expectations

  • Quiet Time: 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (observed on all units)
  • COVID-19 Screening: All visitors must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms.
  • Children: Children under age 12 (must be accompanied by an adult)
  • Non-Smoking: Smoking and/or the use of any tobacco or product, including electronic cigarettes and marijuana, is not permitted anywhere in the hospital or on hospital grounds.
  • Masks: Must be properly worn (covering the mouth and nose) throughout the hospital and in patient rooms.
  • Hand Hygiene: Please regularly practice proper hand hygiene upon entering and exiting patient rooms.

Specialty Units

Family Birthing Center

  • General Visitation: 8:30 am to 8:00 pm (as desired by patient)
  • Fathers or birth partners: Any time.
  • Quiet time: as desired by patient.
  • Patients in labor may have two visitors in attendance which includes the coach/support person. Other arrangements can be made in special circumstances with the Providers approval.

Karmanos Cancer Institute

  • One visitor is permitted for consultations and follow-up appointments per patient. Additional visitors may be allowed for extenuating circumstances.
  • One visitor may be allowed to accompany patients in treatment areas at the staff’s discretion.

Critical Care Units (ICU)

  • Two visitors are allowed per patient at one time. Additional visitors may be allowed for extenuating circumstances.
  • Other limitations may be in place depending upon the patient’s condition. Please check with the nurses on the unit for up-to-date information.
  • Visitors are encouraged to check at the Nurses' Station before entering a patient's room. Children under the age of 12 are encouraged not to visit. However, the Critical Care staff will work with the family if there are unusual circumstances. Food and beverages are not permitted.


  • General Visitation: 8:30 am to 8:00 pm (as desired by patient)
  • Parents are able to visit any time.
  • Siblings may visit during regular visitor hours and remain with parents. Minor visitors are not allowed to spend the night.

After Hours

Between the hours of 9:00 pm and 5:00 am, visitors may enter through the East Entrance. Other hospital entrances are closed during that time.

Visitor guidelines are subject to change to meet health, safety, or other emergency needs and requirements. McLaren Central Michigan will continue to keep patients and the community informed through its website, social media platforms, and communicated to visitors at the Information Desk.