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VA Central California Health Care System


Visiting Hours

Fresno Medical Center
2615 E. Clinton Avenue, Fresno, CA 93703
Hospital Visiting Hours:
Unrestricted, unless the clinical area has safety restrictions
Emergency Room Hours:
Clinic Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, excluding holidays
Cafeteria Hours:
Monday-Friday, 7:30 am - 2:30 pm


Merced Clinic
340 E Yosemite Avenue, Merced, CA 95340
Clinic Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, excluding holidays


Oakhurst Clinic
40597 Westlake Drive, Oakhurst, CA 93644
Clinic Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, excluding holidays


Tulare Clinic
1050 N. Cherry Street, Tulare, CA 93274
Clinic Hours:
Monday-Friday, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm, excluding holidays

General Information

Normally, inpatients at the VA Central California Health Care System (VACCHCS) may receive no more than two visitors at a time.

Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

General policy is that children under 12 may not visit patients.  In extreme circumstances, children under 12 may visit with the permission of the physician and the unit nurse manager. An adult must accompany children at all times.

ICU Overnight Visits

We do not normally have space to accommodate overnight stays for family members of patients.   However, depending on the patient's condition, the physician in charge may authorize extended overnight stays for patients who are terminally ill and whose death is imminent, and those patients requiring one-to-one observation.

Medical-Surgical Unit

Patient care is our first priority, so there may be times when visitors may be asked to step out of the patient's room.   We ask that children and adults with colds or infectious diseases not visit patients.   It is recommended that children under 12 not visit inpatients.  When it is in the best interest of the patient to have children under 12 visit, permission must be obtained from the unit nurse manager.

VA General Visitation Policy

The medical center respects the patient's right to make decisions about his or her care, treatment and services, and to involve the patient's family in care, treatment, and services decisions to the extent permitted by the patient or surrogate decision-maker. "Family" is defined as a group of two or more persons united by blood, or adoptive, martial, domestic partnership, or other legal ties. The family may also be a person or persons not legally related to the individual (such as significant other, friend or caregiver) whom the individual considers to be family. A family member may be the surrogate decision-maker, as defined in VHA Handbook 1004.02, if authorized to make care decisions for the individual, should he or she lose decision-making capacity or choose to delegate decision making to another. The medical center allows a family member, friend or other individual to be present with the patient for emotional support during the course of stay. The medical center allows for the presence of a support individual of the patient's choice, unless the individual's presence infringes on other's rights or safety, or is medically or therapeutically contraindicated. The individual may or may not be the patient's surrogate decision-maker or legally authorized representative. The hospital prohibits discrimination based on age, race, ethnicity, religion, culture, language, physical or mental disability, socioeconomic status, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity or expression.