At Monmouth Medical Center, we are ready to see you.

Safety is our commitment to you — please don’t delay your health care.

For the safety and well-being of our patients, their loved ones, our staff and the communities we serve, Monmouth Medical Center (MMC) is making temporary changes to our visitation policy as we continue to proactively respond to coronavirus (COVID-19).

MMC is among the New Jersey hospitals adopting visiting guidelines set forth by the New Jersey Hospital Association based on identified regional risk levels throughout the state. At present, Monmouth County is in the Yellow Risk Level, meaning we are limiting the number of allowed visitors, with exceptions and requirements below, for the safety of all. Visiting hours will be restricted to 3 to 7 p.m. daily.

  • For all adult medical inpatient units, visitation at the bedside for non-COVID-positive patients is limited to one person per day.
  • Maternity patients will be limited to one banded support person and/or doula on Labor and Delivery, and once admitted to Postpartum, one visitor per patient per day.
  • For inpatient Pediatrics, visitation at the bedside is limited to parents and guardians (limited to two people per visit).
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, visitation will be limited to parents or support persons.
  • Outpatients may be accompanied by one support person, who may be directed to an alternate waiting area to ensure physical distancing.
  • Same Day Surgery or Medical Day Stay patients may be accompanied by one support person in the preoperative area who may be directed to an alternate waiting area when the patient is taken to surgery to ensure physical distancing. The visitor may rejoin the patient following surgery for the discharge process.
  • Pediatric surgical patients are limited to parents or guardians of family care partners.
  • Emergency Department and inpatient Behavioral Health visitation is restricted with limited exceptions.
  • Visitors under 18 years of age will not be permitted.
  • We will accommodate all visitation in compliance with Department of Health and Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

We encourage family members and friends to use alternative methods to interact with their loved ones, including phone calls, Facetime and Skype. For those without access to a smartphone, tablet or computer, the MMC nursing team can facilitate virtual visits using iPads available on patient care units and in the Emergency Department.

Symptom and Temperature Screening

All visitors will be screened for the following and may or may not be allowed to visit or stay based on:

  • Temperature and Symptom Screening
    All visitors will be asked about symptoms and if they’ve had a fever in the last 24 hours upon entering the facility. If they present with cold or flu-like symptoms or if they report a temperature of greater than 100.4 they will not be allowed entry into the facility as recommended by the CDC.
  • COVID-19 Exposure
    If any visitor has been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last 10 days or has been advised to self-quarantine because of exposure to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, they will not be allowed to visit.

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Surgery, Same Day Surgery and Outpatient Procedures

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Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Program

It’s safe for you to come back: Don’t delay your cardiopulmonary health care.

Our Cardiopulmonary Rehabilitation Unit has reopened with all the required distancing of equipment, protocol for sanitation of equipment and patient education regarding precautionary measures required to promote safety of patients and staff, including:

  • Adherence to the guidance and established criteria of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the American Hospital Association, leading national associations of nurses, surgeons and anesthesiologists, and the New Jersey Department of Health.
  • Enhanced cleaning and disinfection, including equipment and surfaces, frequently and between patients.
  • Active screening of team members, patients and visitors for COVID-19 symptoms upon entry.
  • Requiring all patients and staff to wear a hospital-issued mask, per CDC universal masking guidelines and our RWJBarnabas Health mask policy.
  • Following strict social and physical distancing measures — spacing equipment at least six feet apart.
  • Strict hand hygiene and availability of hand sanitizer throughout the unit.

Our team is here to answer your questions and provide you with the support you need to calm any anxiety that you may have about coming to the hospital. For an appointment or to learn more, call (732) 923-7454.

Maternity

Expectant moms who come to the hospital to deliver will only be permitted to bring one significant other/support person with them. This designated significant other/support person will remain with the expectant mom throughout her stay, and may not transfer their duties to any other person. In addition to a significant other/support person, a doula is also permitted throughout labor, delivery, and the entire postpartum hospital stay. The doula shall not count as the support person.

Upon arrival at the hospital for delivery, patients should enter through the Emergency Department. Both mom and her designated partner will undergo a thorough screening and testing for COVID-19 symptoms, which include sore throat, cough and fever, and then will be masked and escorted to Labor and Delivery.

Once on the Labor and Delivery unit, the significant other/support person must remain with the patient at all times and will have extremely limited access to other areas of the hospital. Please note that the banded support person may leave and re-enter upon the mother’s transfer to Postpartum. Once admitted to Postpartum, non-COVID-positive mothers may have one adult visitor during designated visitation hours per day in addition to their support person.

Please note that this visitor policy may be updated as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve.

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As always, Monmouth Medical Center remains committed to the safety and health of all patients, families, visitors, physicians, nurses and staff.

We thank you for your cooperation. Thank you for choosing Monmouth Medical Center.

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