Last Updated: Thursday, May 5, 2022 at 9:45am
VISITATION AT ATLANTIC HEALTH SYSTEM HOSPITALS IS CURRENTLY PERMITTED WITH SOME LIMITATIONS.
As we continue to prioritize the safety and well-being of patients, visitors, support persons and health care professionals, Atlantic Health System has implemented the following requirements for hospital visitors or support persons in the limited cases where they are permitted. This includes Chilton, Hackettstown, Newton, Overlook and Morristown medical centers, as well as Goryeb Children’s Hospital. No visitors are permitted for confirmed COVID-19 patients or persons under investigation for COVID-19, except in cases approved by the care team.
Visiting hours are from 10:00am to 8:00pm, but may vary by location or department. All visitors must be 18 years of age or older except in rare exceptions as determined by the facility.
If social distancing can be maintained, visitors or support persons will be permitted with the following:
- Two visitors are permitted at a time. Visitors may change throughout the day.
- For patients in end-of-life care: additional visitors are permitted with administrative approval. Visitors may change throughout the day.
- Visitors are not permitted with confirmed COVID-19 patients or persons under investigation for COVID-19, except in cases approved by the physician or care team.
Behavioral Health Patients
- Permission may be requested for one visitor during the patient’s stay. Visiting hours are between 6:00pm and 8:00pm.
- Permission to visit is granted at the discretion of the care team, including time and duration of visit.
- Approval to visit must be given in advance of the visit by the physician or care team.
Emergency Department Patients
- Two support persons or visitors are permitted to accompany an adult patient for an emergency department visit.
- Two parents or guardians of a pediatric patient will be allowed.
No visitors are permitted, except in the cases below:
- One parent or one guardian of pediatric patients is permitted for the duration of the child’s stay.
- One visitor, who must be the same person, is permitted for patients receiving end-of-life care.
- Additional exceptions may apply to pediatrics, labor and delivery, end of life, and patients with intellectual, developmental or cognitive impairment including dementia, communication barriers or behavioral concerns. These require approval by the physician or care team.
Maternity Care Patients
- One designated support person is permitted during labor and delivery. This person will be given a special wrist band and may remain with the mother throughout her stay.
- One certified doula will be allowed during labor and delivery. This must be the same doula for the duration of the mother’s stay.
- Two visitors at a time are permitted in the mother-baby unit for the duration of the mother’s stay. The designated support person is not considered a visitor.
Surgery or Procedure Patients
- One support person is permitted until the patient is taken into the prep area for surgery or procedure.
- The support person may wait for the patient in the waiting room if social distancing can be maintained.
- If social distancing cannot be maintained, the support person should provide a contact phone number so that the care team can regularly communicate the status of the patient and contact them with ample time to return for pickup.
- If social distancing can be maintained, the support person may be present to review discharge instructions.
- Two parents or guardians may be with the child during visiting hours. One parent or guardian may remain with the child overnight and throughout the inpatient hospital stay.
- NICU: Two parents or guardians are permitted during visiting hours. The NICU designates the two parents or caregivers with wristbands associated with their baby.
- Siblings may be permitted for end-of-life care; this will be determined by the care team.
Support Person During Hospital Discharge
- To support our patients and their caregivers, a support person may be present to review discharge instructions and education as long as social distancing can be achieved.
Exceptions may be made for patients receiving compassionate end-of-life care, pediatric patients, and caregivers for patients with special needs, which may include intellectual, developmental or cognitive impairment including dementia, communication barriers or behavioral concerns. Patients will be asked to provide contact information for a family member or support person who will receive updates on their care.
General Guidelines for Visitors and Support Persons:
- All visitors/support persons will be screened to determine if they have tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days, have a pending COVID-19 test or have someone within their household who tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days.
- Hospital visitors/support persons will be required to complete temperature and symptom screening upon entering the facility. If the individual does not pass any element of the screening, they will not be permitted to visit. If they pass, they will be limited to visit non-COVID patients/units only.
- All visitors/support persons must be 18 years of age or older except for the rare exception as determined by the facility.
- All visitors/support persons will be required to wear a face mask and appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) as recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at all times. They may wear their own cloth mask, or a mask will be provided upon entry. Bandanas, gaiters and vented masks are not permitted. Those wearing vented masks will be provided a surgical mask to wear over it. Visitors will be provided instructions on how to wear masks and appropriate PPE. Anyone refusing to wear a mask or other PPE as indicated will be asked to leave the facility.
- Visitors/support persons are asked to remain in the patient’s room or emergency department bay unless otherwise directed by an Atlantic Health System team member. Visitors may use designated eating locations within the medical center and other amenities available to patients or visitors.