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St. Joseph Medical Center

St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma

1717 South J Street
Tacoma, WA 98405


Serving Tacoma and surrounding areas, St. Joseph Medical Center is consistently ranked among the top hospitals in Washington by U.S. News & World Report. Our compassionate team of experts are ready to help you and your family achieve your best health, throughout all the stages of your life. Find a Virginia Mason Franciscan Health primary or specialty provider at clinics close to where you live or work.

U.S. News - Best Hospital
  • Mask guidelines and visitor restrictions vary by location. To see the rules for this location, please refer to our Visitor Restrictions page

    Updated: June 6, 2023

    • Visitation hours remain from 9 a.m. - 9 p.m.

      • Visitors must be at least 12 years old
      • Not more than 2 visitors at a time are allowed in the nursing units. Others must wait on the first floor in a designated lobby.
      • The charge nurse is the only person who can authorize an exception to the number of visitors per patient on the floor at a time.
    • Family Birth Center/NICU Visitation
      • FBC may have two support people at a time per patient. Only one support person may stay overnight in postpartum.
      • Children who are members of the birthing family household may visit during designation visiting hours with adult supervision during antepartum and postpartum admissions.
      • NICU will continue to have 24 hour visitation for the birthing parent and support person, with a maximum of two visitors at the bedside at a time. 

    Exceptions to this policy are at the discretion of the care team.

    After-hours Visitation

    • All visitors arriving after 9 p.m. must enter through the Emergency Department.
    • After-hours visitor requests are on a case-by-case basis and must be authorized by the charge nurse.
    • Only two visitors are allowed per patient during after-hours visitation on all floors.
    • All visitors who have been authorized to stay after 9 p.m. must go to the Security Booth in the Emergency Department to receive an after-hours visitor identification sticker.
    • The charge nurse will call the security lead @253-625-4132 and inform him/her of the authorization for the patient to have visitors after 9 p.m.
    • In certain circumstances, additional visitors may be authorized to visit as follows:
      • Must be authorized by the charge nurse.
      • Only two visitor stickers will be issued at one time.
      • The additional visitors will be taken to a designated waiting area. Security will escort visitors to designated waiting areas.
        • If the patient is in the tower, the designated waiting area is located in the surgery waiting room.
        • If the patient is in the south pavilion, the designated waiting area is located in the Heart Center waiting room.
      • Once the two visitors have returned back to the designated waiting area, security will allow two more visitors to visit.
      • Security will monitor visitors from the designated waiting area.
      • Any visitor without a sticker past 9 p.m. will be asked to leave.
    • Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear masks while in our facilities, however, they are not required.

Our health care services

We’ve built our programs based on your needs, recruiting the top specialists and investing in advanced technology. On-site services include:

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