RWJBarnabas puts restrictions on visitation

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No visitors will be allowed until further notice at every RWJBarnabas Health hospital and healthcare facility, including Behavioral Health and Outpatient facilities.

The system includes 11 acute care hospitals – Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, Community Medical Center in Toms River, Jersey City Medical Center in Jersey City, Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, Monmouth Medical Center Southern Campus in Lakewood, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset in Somerville, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital at Hamilton in Hamilton, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Rahway in Rahway and Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston; three acute care children’s hospitals; nd a pediatric rehabilitation hospital with a network of outpatient centers; a freestanding 100-bed behavioral health center; two trauma centers, a satellite emergency department, ambulatory care centers, geriatric centers, behavioral health network, comprehensive home care and hospice programs, fitness and wellness centers, retail pharmacy services, affiliated medical groups, multi-site imaging centers and two accountable care organizations.

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For a full list of RWJBH hospitals and facilities, visit rwjbh.org/our-locations.

Exceptions may be made in certain circumstances:

  • Pediatric units (only one parent/guardian will be permitted)
  • Maternity and Labor & Delivery units (only one significant other/support person can visit)
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Units (two parents/support persons can visit)
  • Same Day Surgery or Ambulatory Procedures (only one person can visit)
  • Pediatric psychiatric patients (only one if/when a mutual agreement between the care team and the parents/guardian has been reached)

Extenuating circumstances, such as hospice, will also be considered based on the best interest and needs of the individual patient.

Emergency Department patients may be accompanied by one adult.

Outpatients may be accompanied by one adult, unless an aide or assistant is required.

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

  • Recent international travel history
  • Recent domestic travel to areas with widespread COVID-19 infection
  • Contact with individuals with known COVID-19
  • Cold or flu-like symptoms

    In addition, all visitors should wash their hands with soap and water or use hand sanitizer before and after visiting.

Individuals 18 years of age and under will not be permitted.

“While we are sensitive to the difficulties facing loved ones of hospitalized patients, our healthcare providers must keep patient and staff safety paramount at this unprecedented time. We encourage family members and friends to use alternative ways to interact with their loved ones, including phone calls, FaceTime, Skype and other means,” the statement released on March 15 reads.

For the most up-to-date instructions and restrictions for visitation at an RWJBarnabas Health facility, visit www.rwjbh.org

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