Hospital Rules

Smoking Policy

For your health and safety, Howard University Hospital is a “smoke free” environment, therefore, smoking is not allowed by patients, visitors, employees or medical staff in any hospital buildings or on hospital property, including entrances and exits. Enforcing this policy allows Howard University Hospital to comply with existing health care regulations.

Identification Badge Policy

All members of the Howard University Hospital staff and volunteers are required to wear an identification badge with his/her photograph, name and department printed on it. Please do not hesitate to ask if you do not see a badge on someone involved with your care.

Guidelines for Visitors

Visitors are an important part of the healing process, and we encourage family and friends to visit during your stay. Visiting guidelines ensure that patients have adequate rest and allow our staff to provide the best possible care. If you have questions about visiting hours, please ask your nurse.

Only persons having legitimate business will be allowed to enter the hospital. All patients, visitors and employees must stop at the main entrance to obtain a pass or show their identification badge. Patients and visitors may be asked to sign in.

Regular visiting hours are 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., seven days a week. Visitors are limited to two at a time and other visiting restrictions may apply. Please check with the nursing staff. Children under the age of sixteen (16) may visit patients only with the authorization of the attending physician and in the company of an adult guardian/supervisor. Visitors must display a visitor pass at all times.

Passes are available at the information desks. Flowers for patients are welcome, except on intensive care units. No outside food may be brought into the hospital by or for patients/visitors without specific approval of a physician.

Safety and Security

Security personnel work with the staff, patients and visitors to create a safe environment. Patients and visitors must stop at the appropriate entrance and obtain a pass and you may be asked to sign in. If you need security assistance, please tell your nurse or any other staff member.

The Security Department operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We also have a full fire alarm system throughout the hospital that alerts security control to smoke or fire. Surveillance cameras are focused on areas such as parking lots and entrances. All hospital employees are issued identification badges, which they are required to wear during their working day. Passes are issued to visitors to establish their identity. All security personnel are trained to be helpful and tactful, yet firm in implementing the established security procedures.

Report all lost or found articles to Security at 202-865-1104, Room BC 44.

Fire Drills

For your protection, the hospital conducts fire drills regularly. If a drill occurs while you are here, please remain in your room and do not be alarmed. Your caregivers have been trained in fire safety procedures and will advise you as needed.