Visiting Hours and Guidelines

Visitors can be very important to a patient's recovery, and all patients have equal visitation privileges, according to their own preferences. However, it is important to balance the benefits of visitation with the hospital's duty to provide the most therapeutic environment possible for recovery. Clinically appropriate limitations may be placed on patient's visitation when it would interfere with the care. Therefore, visitors must observe the following rules:

  • Manatee Memorial Hospital is a smoke-free campus.
  • Each patient may have a maximum of two visitors in his or her room at a time.
  • Visitors should be free of any symptoms of infection.
  • Depending on the patient’s and/or roommate’s physical condition and emotional health status, the number of visitors and the length of each visit may be further limited by the nurse.
  • Visiting hours can be adjusted individually for patients staying in private rooms. Check with your nurse.
  • Manatee Memorial Hospital wants patients and their families to participate in the patient’s care. However, please DO NOT take or administer care, food, or medication without speaking to the nurse. While in the hospital, patient care is strictly guided by physician orders. This includes the patient’s nutrition. Food other than that provided by the hospital’s Food and Nutrition Service is discouraged. Please check with the patient’s nurse to ensure that food items brought by visitors will not interfere with the nutrition portion of the patient’s healthcare.
  • Special permission is necessary from the nurse in charge for visitors under the age of 12. Children should be free of any symptoms of illness and should not have been recently exposed to sicknesses such as measles, mumps, or chicken pox. All children must be cleared by the nurse before they visit a patient.


Visiting hours for hospital departments are listed below.

  • General Visiting Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m. Please note: The entrance doors will be locked at 8:30 p.m.
  • Maternity and Pediatrics: Please call the main number at 941-746-5111 and ask for the nurse’s station and ask for visiting hours on these units
  • Intensive Care Unit - Coronary Care Unit - Cardiovascular Services Intensive Care Unit: Manatee Memorial Hospital has open visiting for these units. However, to protect patient privacy and ensure effective communication, visitors are not allowed from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for Shift Report. Please do not call the unit during those hours to avoid interrupting patient care. Quiet time for patient rest is daily from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Parking Your Car

For your safety, Manatee Memorial provides security patrolled, well-lit parking lots and a parking garage. For your convenience, a volunteer-operated shuttle van and valet parking are also available during weekdays. Disabled parking is reserved for those with appropriate government permits and is located near most hospital entrances.

Parking Garage

The parking garage is located north of the main entrance to the hospital (near the river). It is the most efficient location for patients and visitors to park. From the second floor of the parking garage, you may take the covered crosswalk directly to the main entrance of the hospital.

Gift Shop

The "Shoppe on the River" Gift Shop, is located in the main lobby of the hospital and is part of the Manatee Memorial Foundation, Inc.. The shop offers an extensive variety of gifts for your loved one, including get well and new baby gifts, balloons and beautiful flower arrangements.

Wireless Internet Service

Complimentary wireless Internet access is available for patients and guests.

Service Requirements:

  • Laptop PC or PDA with an 802.11b or 802.11g compatible wireless network card
  • Software to support the wireless network card
  • Web browser software

Getting Started:

  • Ensure your wireless network card is enabled and set for DHCP
  • Using your software, view the available wireless networks
  • Select the MMH-GUESTS (some software may require you to enter MMH-GUESTS as the SSID)
  • Open your Web Browser software
  • Browser will display the Manatee Memorial Hospitality Wireless network Welcome Page. Click the “I agree” button on the left side of the page to accept the terms.


Flowers are permitted in most patient areas with the exception of the Intensive and Cardiac Care Units and are available for sale in the Gift Shop, located near the tower entrance. For safety reasons, only Mylar balloons are permitted in patient care areas.

2nd Street Bistro

The 2nd Street Bistro is located on first floor and is open daily, serving fresh and healthy food options. In addition to the Bistro, our staff prepares and delivers meals to patients in their hospital rooms, and caters events inside and outside of the hospital. Our team of trained and certified dietitians works with patients to aid their recoveries through nutrition. 

The Bistro offers a 15 percent discount to members of Senior Advantage.

Visitors are also welcome to dine in the hospital cafeteria.

Vending Machines

Vending machines offering beverage and snacks are located outside of the cafe, on the ground level opposite elevators C and D, and in the Emergency Department. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Public Restrooms

Please do not use the bathrooms in patient rooms. They are reserved only for patients in order to protect their health. Public restrooms are located throughout the hospital.


For your convenience, an automated teller machine (ATM) is located in the main lobby.

Starbucks Coffee Shop

Specialty coffees and a large variety of other drinks as well as snacks are featured in Starbucks Coffee Shop located in the lobby of the Main Entrance.