Survey: Many LI hospital visiting policies inflexible, unclear

Exterior photograph of the St. Charles Hospital and

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Exterior photograph of the St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center located at 200 Belle Terre Road in Port Jefferson. (June 21, 2004) (Credit: Newsday/Leslie Barbour)

Patient-visiting policies at many Long Island hospitals are inflexible or not clear, according to a survey released Wednesday.

New Yorkers for Patient & Family Empowerment, a joint project of the nonprofits New York Public Interest Research Group and the Center for Justice & Democracy, reviewed visiting policies at 99 hospitals with 200 or more beds statewide.

Hospitals were scored,...

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