Our primary responsibility is to the health of our patients. Visitors are encouraged to be sensitive to the needs of our patients by keeping visits short and being considerate of the condition, treatment and recuperation activities of all of our patients.
In an effort to provide an environment that promotes healing, is safe, and is comfortable, Sarah Bush Lincoln supports a flexible visitor policy. Our patients control their own visitor flow. Patients may appoint a “support person” who helps fulfill their wishes. Patients may also identify persons they wish to be admitted as visitors. Door signage is available to each patient to help convey their wishes.
Persons are requested not to visit if they are recovering from a contagious illness or have had contact with a contagious illness, or have a fever, cough, sore throat or other respiratory or gastrointestinal symptoms to which we do not want to expose patients.
All entrances to the Health Center, except at the Emergency Department, are locked at night and require a staff badge swipe or staff keypad access number for entry. See the door signage for specific times. Visitors in the building after 8:30 pm, or those who have permission to spend the night, will be required to have or wear an identification sticker issued by Security. The sticker is color-coded to the particular unit they will be on and will include the visitor’s name and patient room number.
For privacy and comfort, we ask that large groups of visitors use the various public reception areas to congregate rather than hallways as they take turns visiting the patient. We ask that visits be kept short and visitors limited to two at a time in the patient’s room. We also ask that visitors be sensitive to roommate needs for privacy during visits.
No animals or pets, other than service animals for individuals with disabilities, are allowed.
Visiting privileges can be restricted by the Health Center and doctors at any time it is deemed necessary. If visitors become disruptive, Security and supervisory staff will take measures up to and including asking a visitor to leave and/or involving law enforcement authorities.
4 East, 4 West, 3 East
A support person is permitted to remain with the patient at all times. Two visitors at a time for short periods.
Critical Care Unit
A support person is permitted to remain with the patient at all times. Two visitors at a time can visit between 8:30 am and 8:30 pm. Visitors under the age of 14 must have visits pre-arranged with the Critical Care Unit (CCU) staff. Instructions for entering CCU to visit are posted by the telephone at the CCU entrance.
Visiting hours are 6 to 8 pm, Monday through Friday, 2 to 4 pm and 6 to 8 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays. For safety reasons, all visitors are checked in by Security before entering the unit. Personal belongings not permitted on the unit with a visitor are secured in lockers outside the unit for which the visitor is given a key. Two visitors are allowed to visit at a time.
Women and Children’s Center (Obstetrics, Gynecology and Pediatrics)
A support person is permitted to remain with the patient. Siblings of the newborn are allowed to visit under direct supervision of an adult; this adult cannot be the patient. Specific visiting policies apply for vaginal and cesarean birth and physician consent must be obtained. This is a secure access unit to provide additional security for the patients. In order to gain access to the unit, all visitors must use a code provided by the patient they are visiting.
Two visitors at a time are allowed in the pre-operative and post-operative areas.
Sending Mail or Cards
Mail may be sent to Sarah
Bush Lincoln patients addressed as:
[Patient's Full Name]
c/o Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center
1000 Health Center Drive
P.O. Box 372
Mattoon, IL 61938
Using the patient's home address as the return address on the mailing envelope will make forwarding mail easy in the event that they have been discharged.
You may also send an eCard.
Phoning a Patient?
Patients may place outgoing calls 24 hours a day. To avoid interrupting their rest, they may receive calls between 7 a.m. and 10 p.m. daily. An operator will direct incoming calls to the nursing unit if they are made outside of these hours. Calls can be made directly on a touch-tone phone by dialing either 258-2525 or 348-2525. A recorded message instructs you to press 4, and then enter the three-digit room number. If you do not have a touch-tone phone or do not know the room number, an operator is always available to assist.
Cellular phone use is prohibited on the fourth floor of the Health Center because the phones can disrupt patient monitors.
Security and Parking
Hospital security officers are on duty after regular business hours and are available to escort visitors to their cars during non-daylight hours, so don’t hesitate to ask for help. To reach a security officer, call the Operator on one of our in-house phones. Parking in well-lit lots is provided for visitors in the two main parking lots in front of the Health Center, as well as on the west side of the building near the Emergency Department entrance.
We also now offer free valet parking for patients and visitors at the Main Entrance. Vehicles will be parked by the valet between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and will be retrieved 24 hours a day.
Cafeteria - The Basement Bistro
Visitors are welcome at The Basement Bistro located on the ground level.
Breakfast is served from 6:30 to 9:30 a.m.
Lunch from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
The vending area in the Emergency Department Lobby is open 24 hours a day and offers a variety of snacks and beverages. A microwave is also available. There is also a vending machine on the fourth floor.
Located in the Main Lobby of the Health Center, Sarah's Kiosk offers gourmet coffees and cocoas with convenience and a friendly face. Hours are 7:30 - 10:30 a.m., Monday thru Friday.
Smoking is prohibited in the Health Center and on the property. Visitors are not allowed to smoke in patients’ rooms or in any part of the Health Center.
The Gift Shop
The Gift Shop is located in the Main Lobby. A variety of merchandise, including greeting cards, jewelry, gift items, fresh flowers, candy, balloons and magazines is available for your convenience. Visa and Mastercard are accepted. The Gift Shop hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday; Saturday and Sunday, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Shopping by phone is available by calling ext. 2168.
Home Medical, Mattoon and Effingham
- Breast pump sales and rentals
- Nursing bras
Located in Main Lobby outside Gift Shop.
Automatic Teller Machine
by First Mid-Illinois Bank & Trust
Located in the Main Lobby next to the information desk.
Patricia A. Jenkins Medical Library
The library provides information to patients and their families about their illnesses. Telephone numbers and addresses of agencies to contact about specific diseases are also available. A professional library staff assists its customers in locating information. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call ext. 2262.
Sarah Bush Lincoln Prairie Medical Pharmacy
The Prairie Medical Pharmacy is a full-service outpatient pharmacy that offers quick, convenient service and competitive pricing. The pharmacy is located right off the Health Center’s Main Lobby - handy for patients being discharged or those visiting their physicians in the SBL Medical Office Pavilion. Pharmacy hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Call (217) 258-2411 for more information.
Nurse Staffing Information
The public has the right to access nurse staffing information. The request may be made at any time by calling the general hospital number at (217) 258-2525 and requesting to speak to the Nursing Supervisor.