Visitor Restrictions

COVID-19 Updates

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Effective Saturday, October 1, 2022

General Inpatient Visitation

  • Two visitors at a time are allowed.
  • Visiting hours are 8 a.m. – 8 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 upon arrival.
  • All visitors must wear a hospital-provided mask at all times.
  • No visitors permitted for confirmed or suspected COVID-19 patients, except for end-of-life patients.
  • Visitors may not dine in patient rooms.
  • Visitors must check out as they leave the lobby.

Exceptions and Additional Restrictions  

On units with exceptions and additional restrictions, nursing staff will provide further details to patients and visitors.

  • Labor & Delivery: One support person allowed. In addition, a doula is permitted. 
  • Mother/Baby: One support person and one doula allowed from arrival to time of discharge. Two additional visitors will be permitted at one time between 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • NICU: Both parents may visit at the same time, but only one is allowed at infant’s bedside at one time. 
  • Pediatrics: Two parents may visit at one time, and one parent may stay overnight. Exceptions may be considered based on the child’s condition. Arrangements should be made through the nurse manager or supervisor.
  • Behavioral Health (4 East): Permission for up to 2 visitors per day is granted at the discretion of the care team. Visitation will be limited to one hour by appointment only from 2 pm – 8 pm. 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 the unit nurse manager or patient’s primary nurse to schedule. 
  • Patients with disabilities due to altered mental status, intellectual or cognitive disability, communication barriers, or behavioral concerns can have ONE designated support person visit with the approval of the nurse manager/nursing supervisor. A designated support person can be: 
    • a family member 
    • a personal care assistant 
    • another disability service provider knowledgeable about the patient’s care 

Outpatients

  • Emergency Department (ED): Emergency Department patients may have two visitors. If a patient is admitted from the ED outside of visiting hours, one 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, EHPN physician offices, and diagnostic/therapeutic services) may have one support person. While patient is undergoing surgery/procedure, the visitor may wait in a waiting area or other common area.

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. Aggressive behavior will not be tolerated.

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