Important Information About Visitation Guidelines

at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Children's Hospital of New Jersey

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.

As we continue to battle this pandemic, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center (NBIMC) and Children’s Hospital of New Jersey (CHoNJ) have instituted temporary visitor guidelines to keep us all safe and healthy during this time. These guidelines are subject to change. We will accommodate all visitation in compliance with Department of Health and Americans with Disabilities Act guidelines.

Adult Patients

No visitors are allowed for adult COVID-19 positive patients.

Exceptions: The clinical team may make exceptions as appropriate.

Visiting hours for adult patients are from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Adult patients may have one visitor.
  • For patients coming for surgery or procedures requiring an in-patient stay:
    If social distancing can be accomplished, one visitor may be present until patient is taken into prep. Visitor must then leave. Visitor may not be present during procedures or in the recovery room, except for childbirth, or patients with intellectual, developmental or other cognitive disabilities. **The surgical waiting room is closed.**
  • Maternity patients may have one designated support person with them for their entire stay. We strongly encourage the designated support person stay in hospital and not leave and re-enter. A doula is also permitted for labor and delivery as well as recovery.
  • Patients with intellectual, developmental or other cognitive disabilities, and end-of-life care, are permitted a support person throughout their stay at the medical center.

Adult patients arriving for care in the hospital will be asked to provide contact information for a family member or friend who will receive updates on their care.

Pediatric Patients (Minors)

Visiting hours for pediatric patients are 24/7.

  • Pediatric in-patients may have one parent or guardian with them.
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) patients may have two parents or guardians.
  • Pediatric Emergency Department patients may have one parent or guardian accompany them.

Your care team may determine and approve of any exceptions.

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.

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We thank you in advance for your understanding and patience.

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