Welcome Back: Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center Somerset


Tony Cava, President and CEO of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Now that we’re past the pandemic and coming down the other side of the curve, I’d like to welcome you back to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset. We are here for you. We are here for all those procedures that you may have put off. We are here for those elective surgeries that now may be urgent or that mammography that you’ve been delaying or that x-ray.

We want to let you know that we are back, and we are here to welcome you and your loved ones to fulfill and meet all of your medical needs.

Here’s what we’re going to do to ensure your safety. When you enter our hospital, we’re going to screen you. We’re going take your temperature and we’re going to ask you a series of questions. In addition, we’re going to give you a mask, and ask you to wear that mask. We are also going to mask all of our staff. The reason for that is that we want to make sure you’re protected and our staff is protected, so we can provide the utmost of safe care for you and your loved ones. We will make sure that you are appropriately distanced from the person next to you.

In addition to ensure your safety, if you’re coming in for an elective surgical procedure, or a special procedure, or if you’re giving birth, we will be able to test you and the person who accompanies you. Again, to protect you, and to protect our community. We also will be cleaning and disinfecting our entire organization. Every time we close a unit, we do what’s called a “terminal clean.” The terminal cleaning takes and disinfects the entire unit, and we clearly disinfect our patient care units. We remove the curtains that there are no remnants of the virus left.

Also, we are going to continue our visitor restrictions. Now in some sense that may sound a little bit cruel, but we are doing that to assure the continued safety of you, and your loved ones, and our staff. You have been partners with us in helping us keep this pandemic under control. How? By washing your hands, by wearing a mask when you’re out in public, by social distancing, and by staying home if you’re sick. And I’d like you to keep doing that, because working together in that partnership we will be able to continue to beat this virus.

I want to thank you for recognizing the invaluable service that our staff is performing day in and day out for the last nine weeks, coming in to assure the best and highest quality care for you, for your loved ones, and for our community.

And because of the dedication, and the amazing job that our staff has done, we have discharged over 500 patients safely to their homes – back to you, back to their loved ones. So we are here for you, and I want to welcome you back to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, so come on in.