Effective Monday, May 17
Effective Monday, May 17, 2021, two visitors will be permitted for most inpatients as follows:
General Inpatient Visitation
- Visiting hours will be 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- No one under 18 years old may visit.
- No sick visitors will be permitted. All visitors must be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and risk factors and have their temperature taken upon arrival. Anyone with such symptoms or deemed at high-risk due to exposure will not be permitted.
- All visitors must use hand sanitizer upon entry.
- All visitors must wear a hospital-provided mask at all times. This applies to all visitors regardless of vaccination status, in accordance with CDC guidelines.
- No visitors permitted for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients, except for end-of-life patients.
- Visitors must check out as they leave the lobby.
- Clergy may visit outside of the visiting hours, but must make arrangements with the nurse manager.
Exceptions and Additional Restrictions
On units with exceptions and additional restrictions, nursing staff should provide further details to patients and visitors.
- Labor & Delivery: One support person and one doula allowed.
- Mother/Baby: One support person and one doula allowed from arrival to time of discharge. A second visitor will be permitted during regular visiting hours (11 a.m. to 7 p.m.) The support person is encouraged to stay for the duration of the mother’s hospitalization, but may leave and return. A maximum of 2 total support persons/visitors/doulas will be permitted.
- NICU: Mother and support person (identified with a NICU wristband) may visit together at the bedside of the infant except during nursing shift change (6:30 – 7:30 a.m. and p.m.). One visitor at a time over the age of 18 may visit when accompanied by mother or support person (identified with a NICU wristband) during regular hospital visiting hours; maximum 2 people permitted at the bedside at a time.
- Pediatrics: Two parents may visit at one time, and one parent may stay overnight.
- MSICU and CVICU: Visitation will be by appointment only. Visitors should contact the unit nurse manager or patient’s primary nurse to schedule. (Medical/Surgical ICU: 201-894-3390; Cardiovascular ICU: 201-894-3455).
- Behavioral Health (4 East): Permission to visit is granted at the discretion of the care team. Visitation will be by appointment only. Visitors should contact the unit nurse manager or patient’s primary nurse to schedule (201-894-3142).
- Hospice/End-of-Life: Exceptions for extended hours will be considered. Arrangements should be made through nurse manager or nurse supervisor.
- Patients with disabilities due to altered mental status, intellectual or cognitive disability, communication barriers, or behavioral concerns can have ONE designated support person stay for extended hours. A designated support person can be:
- a family member
- a personal care assistant
- another disability service provider knowledgeable about the patient’s care
- Emergency Department patients may have two visitors. If a patient is admitted from the ED, a visitor may escort the patient to the inpatient unit to get settled. Visiting hours as described above would apply based on unit.
- All other outpatients (surgical/procedural areas, physician offices, and diagnostic/therapeutic services) may have one support person.
All visitors must follow all instructions from the patient’s care team and the security team and may be asked to leave at any time if not complying with those instructions or otherwise in the interest of safety.
Our front desk team will ensure the appropriate number of visitors. If an excess number of people arrive to visit, they may be asked to return to their car to adhere to social distancing guidelines.
Updated June 14, 2021