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Semi-Private and Private Rooms

Beth Israel Deaconess has both semi-private (two beds) and private rooms. In most cases, you will be assigned to a semi-private room unless you request otherwise.

Please be aware that most health insurance plans will not cover the extra cost of a private room. However, the cost will be covered if the private room is medically necessary or if no semi-private rooms are available. In addition, there is no extra charge for private rooms in obstetrics.

Because of space constraints, we ask that you have no more than two visitors at a time in your room.

Bring Only Essential Items

Space in the rooms is limited, so you may want to have only essential items, such as a robe, slippers, and toiletries. Hair dyers are not allowed.

If you have brought another electrical device from home (such as a radio or cell phone charger), please check with the nurse before using it. Under rare circumstances, devices such as laptops, Blackberries, cell phones, and other wireless devices can  interfere with sensitive medical equipment. To prevent this, please keep wireless devices, when powered, at least three feet from medical equipment.

Adjustable Bed and Control Panels

Your bed can be adjusted to your comfort by using the electrical controls found on the side rails. Handheld controls are also available. These control panels also allow you to operate your TV, adjust the lighting in your room, and call your nurse. Ask a member of our staff to show you how to operate the controls.


Your nurse will explain how you will get your meals (taking into account any eating restrictions pertaining to your care).

  • In some cases, meals are brought to your room at certain times.
  • In other cases, you may choose when you wish to receive each meal and order it yourself.

Either way, you will have a choice of a variety of menu items, depending on the diet your doctor has prescribed. Special items, such as kosher foods, can be provided on request.

Visitors who wish to eat with you in your room may purchase guest meal tickets from the cashiers in the Ullian Café on the east campus or the Farr Café on the west.

Contact Information

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215
Main Switchboard: 617-667-7000
Find a Doctor: 800-667-3000
Directions by Phone: 617-667-3000
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