Vassar Brothers Medical Center Information

Serving the Hudson Valley since 1887, Vassar Brothers Medical Center (VBMC) is a 365-bed facility that houses the first and only cardiothoracic surgery center between Westchester and Albany, a state-of-the-art birthing center, pioneering centers for advanced surgery and wound care, and a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Find out about VBMC and the history of Health Quest hospitals.

Visiting Hours

We encourage you to visit your friends and loved ones during their stay at Vassar Brothers Medical Center. There’s nothing like a kind, familiar face to provide comfort and support.

We also recognize that “family” may mean any individual who plays a significant role in a patient’s life. We allow for the presence of a support person of the patient’s choice, unless the individual’s presence infringes on the rights or safety of others, or is not in the medical best interest of the patient.

Our visiting hours are 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM daily.

Some units have specific visiting guidelines due to the nature of the care provided or because of safety and security concerns:

Neonatal ICU (NICU)

  • Parents of the baby may visit 24 hours a day except during rounds between 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM and 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM. Parents will receive a yellow pass to show to security to ensure access.
  • Up to four adult visitors may be designated by the parents to receive wristbands and will be permitted to visit without the parents present. These approved visitors may visit during regular visiting hours of 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  • Siblings of the baby, age 5 and older, may visit on Sundays from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Siblings must be supervised by an adult during the visit. Immunization records for siblings must be provided prior to visit.

Critical Care (CC) and Intensive Care Unit (ICU)

  • Visiting hours are maintained on a 24-hour basis.
  • Visitors are restricted to two immediate family members at a time.
  • The RN may limit visiting based on the condition and needs of the patient.

Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU)

  • Visiting hours are 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
  • The number of visitors and duration of the visit will be based on the patient’s condition, as determined by the RN assigned to the patient.

Hospital Etiquette

Please help us to maintain the best healing environment for our patients by following these guidelines:

  • Avoid visiting if you are feeling sick.
  • Use the sanitizing hand foam provided each time you enter and exit a patient’s room.
  • Due to space constraints in semi-private rooms, staff may request that the number of visitors be limited.
  • Understand that you may be asked to leave at times so staff can provide care.
  • Children are welcome to visit and must be accompanied by an adult who is not a patient.

Parking

Both Vassar Brothers Medical Center and the Dyson Center for Cancer Care have valet parking. Our valets will also help you manage wheelchairs and other equipment, perform minor car repairs such as jump-starting dead batteries, provide directions to destinations within the hospital and, in inclement weather, stand ready with umbrellas.

Download the Vassar Brothers Medical Center Campus Map

Gift Shop

The VBMC Gift shop has a wide variety of merchandise for visitors and patients of Vassar Brothers Medical Center. If you can’t make it to the hospital, call us at (845) 437-4457 and one of our volunteers will help you send flowers, balloon or help you customize a gift you would like to send to your loved one.

Our shop hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am-7:30pm and weekends from 11am-5pm.

Cafeteria and Vending Machines

The chefs (many from the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY) are trained to produce high-quality nutritious meals. They partner with a team of registered dietitians to make sure we satisfy a variety of dietary needs while providing great-tasting meals for patients, staff and visitors alike.

We support local farmers from the Hudson Valley by purchasing local produce, dairy and eggs, and we have incorporated more vegetarian entrees into our meal plan. We also purchase antibiotic- and hormone-free chicken. Some of our local vendors include Boice Brothers Dairy of Kingston, Feather Ridge Farm in Elizaville and Red Barn Produce of New Paltz.

We have also partnered with Guiding Stars to rate the nutritional value of our food and educate our customers about making healthier purchases.

Over the past year we’ve reduced the use of Styrofoam® products in all of our hospitals and now provide eco-friendly plates, cups, bowls and to-go containers.

The cafeteria is open Monday through Friday, 6:30 AM to 11:30 PM and weekends and holidays, 6:30 AM to 6:30 PM.

Vending machines are accessible 24 hours in the ER and near the cafeteria in the main building.

Free WiFi

Vassar Brothers Medical Center is pleased to offer free wireless Internet access to our guests. It is available throughout the hospital. When you log on, you’ll be presented with a disclaimer screen that prompts you to enter your email address to gain full access to the Internet.

Medical Release Forms

Medical Release Forms:

Vassar Brothers Medical Center Patient Information Release Instructions Form (PDF)

Patient Information Release Form (PDF)

Patient Information Release Form - En Español (PDF)

The completed form should be mailed to:

Attention Medical Records
Vassar Brothers Medical Center
45 Reade Place
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Patient Resources

For billing and insurance, registration forms and other information needed to prepare you or a family member for a hospital stay, please see Patient Resources.

Driving Directions

From Points North:

Take New York State Thruway south to Poughkeepsie/New Paltz exit. Make right after tollbooth on to Route 299 East. Follow 299 East to the end (2nd traffic light), and turn right on to Route 9W south. Travel about 2 to 3 miles on 9W south and follow signs for FDR/Mid-Hudson Bridge. After crossing bridge go straight to first traffic light (Jefferson Pl/Lincoln Ave) and take a right. Go one traffic light and at stop sign take a right on to Columbia Street. Follow signs for the parking garage, which will be on your left.

From Points South:

Take New York State Thruway north to Poughkeepsie/New Paltz exit. Make right after tollbooth on to Route 299 east. Follow 299 East to the end (2nd traffic light), and turn right on to Route 9W south. Travel about 2 to 3 miles on 9W south and follow signs for FDR/Mid-Hudson Bridge. After crossing bridge go straight to first traffic light (Jefferson Pl/Lincoln Ave) and take a right. Go one traffic light and at stop sign take a right on to Columbia Street. Follow signs for the parking garage, which will be on your left.

From Points East:

From Taconic Parkway, take the exit for Poughkeepsie/Route 55 west. Go through suburbs of Poughkeepsie. Go past Mid-Hudson Civic Center and follow signs for FDR/Mid-Hudson Bridge. At last traffic light before bridge, take a left (Jefferson Pl/Lincoln Ave). Go one traffic light and at stop sign take a right on to Columbia Street. Follow signs for the parking garage, which will be on your left.

From Points West:

Take Interstate 84 to the Poughkeepsie exit (you will cross the Newburgh/Beacon Bridge). Take Route 9 North approximately 18 miles. You will go past South Hills Mall, Galleria Mall, Poughkeepsie Plaza Mall and the Holiday Inn Express. Take Columbia Street exit and follow hospital/parking garage signs. The garage will be on your right.

From Stewart Airport:

Make a left out of Stewart. Go about 2 miles to first traffic light (just past bridge underpass). Make left at light and go 2 stoplights. About half mile past 2nd light, get on Interstate 84 East. Get off at 2nd exit and take Route 9W North. Follow signs for Highland/Poughkeepsie. Take FDR/Mid-Hudson Bridge and go straight to first traffic light (Jefferson Pl/Lincoln Ave) and take a right. Go one traffic light and at stop sign make a right on to Columbia Street. Follow signs for parking garage, which will be on your left.