Patients and Visitors

Visitors can be good medicine for patients. Family members and friends are welcome to visit, as long as having visitors helps the patient feel better and doesn’t disturb other patients. Daily visiting hours at Providence Milwaukie Hospital end at 8:30 p.m. However, you may check with a nurse if you wish to make special arrangements.

Out-of-Town Visitors

Whether you're away from home for your own medical treatment, or need to be near someone who is ill, Providence Milwaukie Hospital can refer you to a nearby lodging facility that offers a discounted rate. When calling any of the these hotels or motels, please mention that you or a family member are receiving care at the hospital.

Waiting Areas

Specially designated waiting areas for visitors are located in the main lobby, in the emergency area and outside surgery. On the second level a waiting area is located near the intensive care unit and the medical/surgical unit. Reading materials are provided in the waiting areas. If you have questions while waiting, stop by the front desk located in the main lobby.


Well-balanced, nourishing meals are an important part of your treatment and recovery at Providence Milwaukie Hospital. You will be given a menu every afternoon so that you can select the next day’s meals. Please ask your nurse to contact a dietitian if you would like help with any special dietary needs or if you have questions.

Patients are served breakfast between 7:30 and 8 a.m., lunch between 12:30 and 1 p.m., and dinner between 5 and 5:30 p.m. Your meal may need to be delayed if you are scheduled for a special test or treatment.

Guest trays

If a family member wishes to order a guest tray, please ask your nurse to contact the Food & Nutrition Services Department.


Visitors are welcome to dine in our cafeteria, located on the lower level of the hospital. Following are the hours of service and schedule of meals:

  • Breakfast:
    Mon - Fri: 6:30 - 10:30 a.m.
    Each day a different entree is featured.
    Coffee, juices, cereals, yogurt, bagels, and pastries are available.
    Self-serve coffee and sodas are available 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.
  • Lunch:
    Mon - Sun: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. (Soup and sandwiches)
    Mon - Sun: 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. (Hot entrees)
  • Dinner:
    Mon - Sun: 5:30 - 7 p.m.

A self-service breakfast of cereal, fruit, milk, toast, coffee, and assorted pastries are available.

Vending machines

For your convenience, food vending machines are available outside the cafeteria 24 hours a day.

Espresso bar

Our espresso bar is located next to the gift shop in the main lobby. Coffee beverages, juices and pastries are available from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the weekdays.

The Providence Milwaukie Hospital gift shop is located off the main lobby of the hospital and is staffed by volunteers. Proceeds benefit the Providence Milwaukie Hospital Foundation.

For more information about our gift shop, please call 503-513-8344.

Gift shop hours
  • Mon - Fri: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Sat: 12:30 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Sun: Closed
We offer
  • Fresh flowers
  • Greeting cards
  • Stationary
  • Glassware
  • Stuffed toys
  • Jewelry
  • Other gift items
  • Candy
  • Toiletries

The staff of Providence Milwaukie Hospital are always alert to ensuring your safety and security while you are hospitalized. To contact the Safety Department, please call extension 31950, or 503-513-1950 (outside the hospital). Otherwise, press "0" for the in-house operator.

Security services

Our security officers provide security services for the hospital and grounds. In addition to the Security staff, other hospital staff and volunteers also can help meet your security and safety needs.

Nonsmoking policy

Recognizing our responsibility to provide a safe and healthful environment for those we serve, Providence Milwaukie Hospital has a nonsmoking policy. Patients, visitors, staff and volunteers are not allowed to smoke within the hospital.

Smoking is permitted only in these areas:

  • Across from the main hospital entrance where a sheltered area exists with a bench and ashtray.
  • At the north end of Parking Lot "D" (near the crosswalk to the Annex building).

Patients who are smokers will receive support from hospital staff during their smoke-free hospital stays. With physician approval, patients may go to the designated smoking area. Information on smoking cessation is available from your nurse.

Identification badges

All Providence Milwaukie Hospital staff members and volunteers wear a photo identification badge with their name and department clearly printed on it. If you do not see a badge on someone involved with your care, please don’t hesitate to ask about the person’s identity.

For hearing-impaired persons

A telecommunications device (TDD) is available for hearing-impaired patients or for patients who wish to communicate with a hearing-impaired relative or friend. All patient telephones include amplifiers in the handsets. We also can arrange for an American Sign Language interpreter to assist as needed, at no cost to the patient.

For sight-impaired persons

Signs throughout Providence Milwaukie Hospital include Braille translations. Seeing-eye dogs are welcome in the hospital. Any patient who would like an escort may contact a nurse, who will arrange for assistance.


The hospital has access to interpreters for a number of foreign languages and American Sign Language. This service is free of charge to patients.