You’ve taken every precaution, and so have we. Welcome back.

A Message from Barry H. Ostrowsky, President and Chief Executive Officer, RWJBarnabas Health

The safety and health of our patients, caregivers and team members are always our highest priorities.

Resumption of Services

RWJBarnabas Health continues to provide health care services and has initiated a resumption of services in adherence to all public health guidance and regulatory policies.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, RWJBarnabas Health - including our hospitals, outpatient centers and medical group practices - has worked with guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and regional and local health agencies to address this serious public health issue.

Specialty Care

Now that the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey has passed, we are moving forward in a thoughtful and structured way to continue to safely and reliably serve our communities, and care for all patients. While most specialty care continued during the peak of the pandemic in adherence to all public health guidance and regulatory policies, our specialty programs such as cancer, neuroscience and cardiology are now able to provide more robust clinical operations including treatments, diagnoses, and screenings.

Your care is too important to wait!

Surgeon

Safety

We recognize that patients and their families may be fearful of seeking medical care at this time. For RWJBarnabas Health, as a high reliability organization, safety comes first and is embedded in everything we do. With the safety of our patients and team members at the forefront, we are taking the appropriate precautions and using best practices to continue to ensure the highest quality care, protection, support and comfort for all of our patients.

Some of these measures include:

  • Adherence to the guidance and established criteria of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Hospital Association, leading national associations of nurses, surgeons and anesthesiologists, and the New Jersey Department of Health.
  • Staff vigilance regarding the appropriate use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with all patients, including COVID-19 positive and non-COVID patients.
  • Stringent cleaning and disinfection throughout our facilities and in all rooms, including equipment and surfaces, frequently and between patients.
  • Active screening of team members, patients and visitors (when permitted) upon entering a facility, for temperature, symptoms and travel history .
  • EVERY patient admitted to our hospitals will be tested for COVID-19
  • Requiring everyone who enters a facility to wear a mask or face covering, per CDC universal masking guidelines and our RWJBarnabas Health mask policy.
  • Continued restriction of visitors.
  • Social and physical distancing measures for all people in our facilities – in all employee and patient areas – such as minimizing time in waiting areas, spacing chairs at least 6 feet apart, marking floors with tape at proper intervals and maintaining low patient flow so as not to cause crowding.
  • Strict hand hygiene and availability of hand sanitizer in all employee and patient areas.
  • Virtual communication for patients to connect with their loved ones.
  • Continued preparation and readiness for potential future surges.

Additionally, to provide appropriate care and reduce the risk of infection for caregivers, we will conduct COVID-19 testing for all surgical patients prior to their procedures, as well as all Emergency Department patients with influenza like illness symptoms; all Emergency Department patients who are admitted to the hospital; and all laboring mothers and their birth partners.

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We continue to offer telemedicine for virtual visits. RWJBH TeleMed and Telehealth through the Medical Group.

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Thank you for your support and understanding.

Medically Necessary and Elective Procedures

On Tuesday, May 26, elective procedures resumed and other services will begin to reopen. As such, the following steps are taken:

COVID-19 Testing
All patients being scheduled for elective surgeries will have a COVID-19 test as part of the pre-admission testing process. Patients will also be asked to self-quarantine following testing and up until the day of surgery.

Temperature and Symptom Screening
All those entering our facilities, including patients, visitors, vendors, staff and physicians, will have their temperature checked with an infrared thermometer upon arrival.

Individuals will also be asked screening questions about COVID-19 symptoms, per CDC guidelines.

Symptoms, experienced in the last two weeks, for which we will screen include:

  • Felt feverish or had a fever
  • Shortness of breath
  • Cough
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle/body aches
  • Headache
  • Nausea, vomiting or diarrhea
  • New loss of sense of taste or smell

Additional Steps:
Those who have no fever or symptoms will be permitted entry to the facility and will be provided and required to:

  • Wear a mask at all times
  • Practice hand hygiene upon arrival
  • Maintain 6-feet distance from others

Those who present with a fever over 100 degrees or who answer ‘yes’ to any symptoms will be directed to a specifically-designated area for counseling.

All patients who are COVID positive or presumptive positive will continue to be separated from the general population.

Doctor and patient

    Emergency Departments

    The safety and health of our patients, caregivers and team members are always our highest priorities.

    During the COVID-19 pandemic, RWJBarnabas Health - including our hospitals, outpatient centers and medical group practices - has worked with guidance from the New Jersey Department of Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and regional and local health agencies to address this serious public health issue.

    For RWJBarnabas Health, as a high reliability organization, safety comes first and is embedded in everything we do. With the safety of our patients and team members at the forefront, we are taking the appropriate precautions and using best practices to continue to ensure the highest quality care, protection, support and comfort for all of our patients.

    We recognize that patients and their families may be fearful of seeking medical care at this time. However, it is vitally important to understand that care should not be delayed for patients experiencing signs and symptoms of a heart attack or stroke or other emergencies. RWJBarnabas Health remains ready to safely provide care in our Emergency Departments.