Hackensack Meridian Health Announces Visitation Restrictions at its Hospitals

The situation surrounding COVID-19 (novel coronavirus) continues to evolve and changes occur rapidly. As a result, Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH) is restricting visitation across all of its hospitals. This network-wide restriction takes effect on Friday, March 13, 2020. Please know, the health and safety of our patients, their families, and team members remains a top priority for HMH.

Visitation exceptions will be made in certain situations, including:

• Hospice
• Pediatric care
• Ambulatory Care/Same day surgery (one visitor)
• Maternity/Labor and delivery (one visitor)

Once a visitor is approved, they will undergo a temperature screening. They will also need to provide their contact information in the event that tracing becomes necessary. Phone and video calls to patients are welcome and encouraged.

As a precautionary measure and to keep patients and team members safe, HMH is also asking its team members to self-monitor their temperature before they report to work.

Earlier this week, HMH also announced it was restricting visitation at all of its nursing and rehabilitation facilities. To view these restrictions visit HackensackMeridianHealth.org.

“We are taking these proactive precautions to protect our patients, team members, and the communities we serve,” said Jerry Zuckerman, M.D., vice president, Infection Prevention and Control at Hackensack Meridian Health. “Our care team is sensitive to the separation this restriction causes our patients and their loved ones, but we believe this measure of protection is essential at this time to keep people safe.”

These visitor restrictions will be reevaluated in 30 days. Hackensack Meridian Health remains committed to providing the highest level of compassionate, quality care.

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