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Visitor Information for Sanford Health, Bemidji, MN

For our visitors

While you are visiting Sanford Bemidji Medical Center, you are our guest. Please let us know if there is anything you need – we are here to help make your visit as positive and comfortable as possible.

We have staff and volunteers ready to help at our information desks located throughout our facilities. They can assist you in locating your friend or loved one, or answer any questions you may have.

General visiting hours are daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Visitors should be respectful of the need for rest, privacy and quiet time for all patients in the hospital. Please remember that the health of our patients is our primary focus.

Visits from family and friends are an essential part of our patients’ healing process. We welcome and support the involvement of family members in providing care for our patients.

Please review the following guidelines before visiting:

  • Keep visits short, preferably no longer than 15 minutes.
  • Limit number of visitors to no more than two at a time.
  • An adult must accompany children at all times.
  • Refrain from loud talking and laughing which may disturb other patients.
  • Each patient has the right to request no visitors.
  • Refrain from using patients' restrooms, sitting on patients' beds, and from placing coats or other items on patients' beds. These requests are made to control the spread of infection.
  • Disruptive behavior, intoxication and substance abuse are not acceptable and will not be tolerated.
  • Visitors in large numbers may be asked to congregate in non-patient care areas.
  • Smoking is prohibited on all Sanford Health properties.
  • Please ensure you and other visitors with you are healthy.
  • The medical center’s east entrance is locked after 8 p.m. All visitors must enter through the west ER entrance.
  • Visitor exceptions may be made after 8 p.m. for the immediate family of critically ill or childbirth patients. In these cases, visitors must request permission from the nursing staff and register at the west entrance to receive a visitor’s pass from the west end visitor control officer.
  • Only immediate family members of a minor patient (18 years and younger) will be allowed to stay overnight. The nurse in charge must grant permission. If the immediate family member is a minor, approval by the patient's parent or legal guardian will be requested.


At Sanford Bemidji, we want to strike the right balance between involving family and caregivers, and allowing patients to keep in contact with friends and relatives, but also providing patients with a safe, clean, comfortable and peaceful environment in which to receive their treatment and recover.

Thank you for your cooperation in caring for our patients and your loved ones.