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Visiting Restrictions

COVID-19 is a novel virus that poses an unprecedented threat to our patients, especially those who are elderly, have underlying medical conditions or have compromised immune systems. Because of the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak in New Jersey, and the United States, the visitor policy has been updated and will be strictly enforced.

GREEN LEVEL GUIDANCE: Visitors allowed, guidelines will be strictly enforced.

General Visitor Guidelines

  • Visitors must be 18 years and older, have temperature taken and screened prior to entering any patient unit.
  • All visitors must wear masks inside the building. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in loss of visiting privileges.
  • No visiting is allowed for COVID positive and patients with COVID symptoms, except circumstances approved by the care team.
  • No support person under self-quarantine is permitted to visit.
  • Visitors will be asked to stay in the patient room for the duration of their visit. The use of waiting rooms will be strongly discouraged. In the event a visitor is asked to leave while care is provided, they will be directed to a designated area for the unit.

Outpatients: EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT, SAME DAY SURGERY / PROCEDURE PATIENTS

  • Patients with disabilities due to altered mental status, intellectual or cognitive disability, communication barriers, or behavioral concerns can have ONE designated support person visit.
  • A designated support person can be: a family member, a personal care assistant or another disability service provider knowledgeable about the patient’s care.

  • A person who lives out of the area and accompanies the patient for a test of procedure will be allowed to wait in a designated waiting area.
  • Both parents/guardians are permitted to accompany the pediatric patient.
  • Emergency Department: Both parents/guardians are permitted to stay with the pediatric patient only.

OBSTETRICS / Labor & Delivery

  • Visiting hours: 12:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. One visitor per patient for a maximum of 30 minutes.
  • It will be requested of this person to minimize travel to and from the unit and to stay in the patient’s room while here.
  • One designated coach/doula only with a hospital-issued wristband who will be allowed to leave the Labor & Deliver unit and come back with re-screening upon re-entry.

INPATIENTS: Medical/Surgical/Critical Care (Non-COVID patients):

  • Visiting hours for 5 East & 6 East: 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • One visitor per patient for a maximum of 30 minutes in double occupied room; Two visitors per patient in single room.
  • Visiting hours for the Critical Care Unit: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • One visitor per patient for a maximum of half hour.

Other information:

  • The front desk will call the charge nurse to confirm if the patient is COVID positive or has COVID symptoms. Only one visitor at a time will be allowed in a semi-private room.
  • Clergy will be allowed to visit a patient upon the patient’s request. The front desk will call the charge nurse to confirm that the patient has requested the visit.
  • Patients who are on hospice or at the end of life may have four visitors that are unrestricted in the time they are allowed to stay with the patient.
  • One primary caregiver will be allowed to stay with the patient for longer duration.
We understand how difficult this time is for patients and their loved ones. To alleviate the stress of the current limited contact with our patients, we are happy to arrange a video chat, personal phone call, or a medical update by appointment only.
Call our family hotline at 973-365-8011 and we will call you within 24 hours to make the arrangements.