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In keeping with changing state and federal health guidelines, Deborah has adopted the following visitation policies, effective Monday, Aug. 3, which at any time are subject to change.

For All Visitors to the Hospital

  • Visitors must be 18 years or older.
  • Complete a Visitation Screening Tool (to determine visitation eligibility).
  • Temperature Check (no visitation allowed with temperatures equal to or above 100.0 degrees F).
  • Travelers from states on the current NJ “Travel Advisory List” within the past 2 weeks are prohibited from the facility.
  • Face masks are required at all times in the Hospital (a face mask may be brought from home or one will be provided when entering the facility).
  • Social distancing of at least 6 feet required at all times between other visitors, hospital staff, and patients.
  • On entering the Hospital everyone is required to use the hand sanitizer provided.
  • Visitors are not allowed to wander the halls.
  • Visitors are not allowed in the Hospital cafeteria. Visitors must use the main lobby café, Brewed Awakenings.

For Inpatients

  • All General Visitor rules posted above apply.
  • Inpatients who have been in the Hospital for 3 days or more are eligible for visitation.
  • NO visitors are allowed for patients who are COVID positive or are waiting for COVID test results.
  • All visitors must complete the Visitation Screening Tool.
  • Each patient may have one visitor at a time; maximum of two visitors per day.
  • Visitation hours are:
    • Sunday-Friday, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
      No visitation on Saturday.
      Visitation to the Intensive Care Units will only be allowed for 15 minutes.
      Visitation to other units will only be allowed for a maximum of 30 minutes.
  • All visitors are required to wash their hands before and after visiting a patient’s room.
  • Visitors are restricted to the patient’s room, or at the bedside, throughout the visit.
  • Nothing is allowed to be brought into a patient’s room, not limited to, food or drink, unless approved by the patient’s nurse in advance of the visit.
  • For patients who are unable to receive visitors, facetime visits can be arranged. Arrangements can be made with the patient’s nurse.

For Outpatient Clinic and Surgical/Procedural Patients

  • All General Visitor rules posted above apply.
  • Surgical/procedural patients – 1 visitor may wait in the Main Hospital Lobby.
  • Outpatient clinic patients – No visitors allowed. For patients that need a visitor to assist in registration, the visitor will be allowed in for as long as that process takes, but will then be escorted back out of the building to wait.

Visitation Exceptions

  • For patients who are at the end of life, visitation is granted on an individual basis. Times and days are exempted from the regular visitation hours.
  • Patients with special needs or neurocognitive disability, or behavioral concerns, may have one visitor, parent or guardian at all times, if needed, as determined by the medical staff.
  • All General Visitor rules posted above apply.