Important Information About Visitation Guidelines

at Clara Maass Medical Center

Welcome Back! Effective on Monday, March 14, 2022, we are returning to our regular visiting hours for all Inpatient Care Units and visitation by appointment for Behavioral Health Services and our Transitional Care Unit (TCU).*

Woman wearing a mask having her temperature taken while visiting the hospital

The safety and well-being of our patients, visitors and staff is our number one priority.
Visitors are required to continue wearing a surgical mask and must practice hand hygiene and social distancing while in the facility.

*All visitation has the potential to be restricted due to a Patients’ clinical diagnosis

  • General Visiting Hours: Two Visitors permitted - 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Maternity (Post Labor & Delivery/Post-Partum):

    • Father or significant other - Open visitation.

    • Grandparents and siblings of the baby - 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    • All other visitors - 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.

  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU): Parent / guardian and one additional visitor - Open visitation except between 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

  • Intensive Care Unit: Two Visitors permitted - Open visitation except between 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. & 7p.m. - 8 p.m.

  • Emergency Department: Two Visitors permitted at bedside.

  • Same Day Surgery (SDS): Open Visitation - One visitor permitted in pre-op and post–op areas.

  • Behavioral Health (By appointment): Daily - Two visitors 18 years of age and older permitted 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. & 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

  • Transitional Care Unit (TCU): Daily - Two Visitors permitted 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Children 12 years of age and older are permitted to visit patients in all Inpatient units. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Visitation exceptions can be made as needed to support our patients.

We encourage family members and friends to use alternative ways to interact with their loved ones, including phone calls, Facetime, Skype and other means.

Extenuating circumstances to the temporary guidelines and individual requests will always be considered based on the best interest and needs of the individual patient. These extenuating circumstances include but are not limited to:

  • Patients on hospice or at the end of life
  • Patients who are critically unstable
  • Patients undergoing surgery or procedures
  • Patients in need of a medical guardian or decision-maker
  • At the discretion of the hospital, one visitor may be able to accompany a patient in Ambulatory Care or other outpatient areas

Safety Measures

All approved visitors will be screened at the entrance prior to being given a visitor pass. If a visitor presents with cold or flu-like systems, that individual will not be allowed to visit or stay in the building. All visitors will be asked if they have been advised to self-quarantine because of exposure to someone with COVID-19. If any visitor has been advised to self-quarantine, they will not be allowed to visit. All visitors will be asked if they have been advised to isolate due to COVID-positive status in the last 10 days. If any visitor has been advised to isolate, they will not be allowed to visit.

In addition to the above, gatherings of family members, friends and other acquaintances of the patient in family lounges, waiting areas, the lobby, cafeteria or restaurants on campus will not be allowed.

All approved visitors must wear a mask at all times and should wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after visiting.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

All visitors will be required to wear a face mask. They may wear their own face mask/covering upon arrival to and throughout their stay in the facility, as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). If they do not have their own face mask/covering they will be provided one.

At the time of entrance, all visitors will be provided instruction on how to wear face masks. An instruction sheet is posted throughout our facilities.

If an individual is permitted to visit a COVID-19-positive patient because of extenuating circumstances or if a patient is on isolation precautions, they will be provided with and must wear appropriate PPE as recommended by the CDC. Staff will direct the visitor on the appropriate PPE.

If a visitor refuses to wear a mask or other PPE as indicated, that individual will be asked to leave the facility.

* Face masks with valves will not be permitted as the valves allow unfiltered air to be released. This does not protect others from bacteria spread, per the CDC.

Prior to and During the Visit

All visitors must perform hand hygiene before visiting a patient.

Once in the hospital or facility, visitors shall remain in the patient’s room (or Emergency Department bay) as much as possible throughout the visit, except when directed by hospital or facility staff to leave during aerosol-generating procedure or other procedures in which visitors are usually asked to leave.

If an aerosol-generating procedure needs to be performed on a patient, the visitor must leave the room during the procedure and for one hour after the procedure is complete.

All visitors must comply with all reasonable requirements imposed by the hospital or facility to minimize the potential spread of infection.

Gatherings of family members, friends and other acquaintances of the patient in family lounges, waiting areas, the lobby, cafeterias or restaurants on campus is not permitted.

RWJBH understands that a hospitalization can be a stressful and uncertain time for many. The visitation policy reflects our commitment to addressing the needs of our patients while prioritizing the safety of all those who enter our facilities.

Our staff and physicians are here to support you and your loved ones and will take into consideration any requests that are made beyond the parameters of this policy in the best interest of the patient.

With guidance from the New Jersey Hospital Association, New Jersey Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and regional and local health departments, we are taking all the necessary steps to ensure the health, well-being and safety of our patients, our staff and the communities we serve.

When not available to visit, we encourage family members and friends to use alternative ways to interact with their loved ones, including phone calls, Facetime, Skype and other means.

In-Room Virtual Visits

We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.