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Survey: Many LI hospital visiting policies inflexible, unclear

Exterior photograph of the St. Charles Hospital and

Exterior photograph of the St. Charles Hospital and Rehabilitation Center located at 200 Belle Terre Road in Port Jefferson. (June 21, 2004) Photo 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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