Flu Season Visitation Guidelines
Our primary goal at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center is to provide the
best quality of care in an environment that is safe for our patients.
To protect our patients, at times, we must manage their exposure to illnesses
that are easily spread, like the flu.
We have been carefully monitoring flu activities within the hospital, emergency
department, outpatient departments and the community and need to do our
part to stop the spread of viruses.
Please note the following:
- No more than 2 visitors are to be present in a patient room at any time.
- No visitors under the age of 18, especially in our high risk areas which
include all of our intensive care units, the oncology unit, post-partum,
Children’s Hospital of New Jersey pediatric floors, PICU and NICU.
- if you are experiencing fever with cough, body aches or sore throat; we
encourage you not to visit until symptom free for at least 24 hrs.
- All visitors will be encouraged to wash/sanitize their hands frequently
especially upon entering and exiting patient rooms.
- You will be asked to observe instructions when visiting patients especially
those on isolation.
We will continue to monitor the State Department of Health recommendations.
Thank you for helping us keep our patients and visitors safe.
Visitors must check in at the Information Desk at each visit and receive
a visitor's pass to proceed through the building.
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Family/Support Person: 24-hour visitation
General: 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Critical Care Unit/ICU
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Labor and Delivery
Two Designated Support Persons: 24 hours only in
Labor and Delivery.
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Pediatrics/Pediatric Critical Care Units
Parents or Legal Guardian: 24-hour visitation; one parent
may stay overnight 11p.m. - 8:00 a.m.
Parents or Legal Guardian: 24-hour visitation.
Preferred visiting hours are outlined in the unit
orientation materials provided upon admission. Please
call the departments for more information:
Short Term Care Unit ext. 62800; Voluntary ext. 67091;
CCIS ext. 63393.
Pets may be allowed to visit in special circumstances and
under certain conditions. Please call the Patient Satisfaction
Department at ext. 67180 for more information.
Outside Phone Calls to the Nurse's Station
Calls are welcome anytime except 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 a.m.
and 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
A Special Note for Family, Support Persons and Friends
For the comfort of our patients, we ask that our visitors observe the following:
❖ Please limit the number of visitors at the bedside to two and be considerate
about the length of your visit.
❖ Whenever possible, ask the nursing staff if there are specific times
when your presence would be beneficial to the patient's comfort or
your peace of mind.
❖ Please do not adjust any siderails, cribrails or equipment that may be
in use without consulting the nurse.
❖ If your loved one is receiving patient controlled analgesia for pain,
please do not push the button to administer additional doses of medication.
Although you may mean well, this well-intentioned effort can result in
serious medical problems for the patient.
❖ Assist us in creating a quiet, soothing and healing environment.
❖ Clean your hands upon entry and exit of the hospital room.
❖ Adhere to the policy regarding visiting hours.
❖ Visitors who are visibly ill (i.e. sneezing, coughing, etc.) should refrain
❖ Shoes and shirts must be worn at all times in the hospital.
❖ Please check with the nurse regarding dietary restrictions before offering
any food/beverage to a patient.
❖ You may be asked to leave the room during a physician visit or treatment.
This is to respect the privacy of our patients.
❖ Because you know your loved one best, you may"sense" that "something
just does not look or feel right" even when this change may not be
obvious to the staff. As partners in the care process, if you feel your
family member is experiencing a worsening of their condition that the
staff do not seem to be aware of, please bring this change to the attention
of the patient's nurse so that they can conduct an evaluation of the
situation. In addition to the patient's nurse, we maintain a team
of specially trained clinicians who are able to come to the bedside and
assist the nursing staff in assessing patients who are experiencing a
worsening condition. This team is called our Rapid Response Team. We encourage
our patients and visitors to access the Rapid Response Team if they feel
additional help is needed by dialing ext : 111.
Located on the first floor of the Discharge Lobby, the Coffee Shop is open
to our outpatients and visitors 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.
Information regarding the following services is available
via Patient Satisfaction, ext. 67180:
❖ Area Restaurants
❖ Hotel Accommodations
❖ Patient Leisure Activities
❖ Worship Services
❖ Car Rentals
❖ Points of Interest Brochures
❖ Daily Newspaper Delivery
Mail, flowers and balloons
Deliveries are made throughout each day by our wonderful volunteers through
the Volunteer Resource Center. No food, flowers or balloon bouquets are
permitted in any of the patient rooms in the Intensive Care Unit and Coronary
Care Unit. Due to the potential health risk concerning latex allergies,
latex balloons are not permitted in the hospital. Flowers and Mylar balloons
are available for sale in the Gift Shop.
Located on the first floor in the Main Lobby and at
166 Lyons Ave. in the Pediatric Health Center.
Our Gift Shop is located on the first floor of the Main Lobby in front
of the Information Desk. The Gift Shop offers a wide range of items for
patients or to commemorate that special birthday, anniversary or holiday.
The Gift Shop is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., Saturday,
10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. If you have any
questions you may call the Gift Shop at ext. 67313.
Lost and found
To inquire about an item that has been lost, call Security,
The Nutrition and Food Services Department continually provides you with
quality meals and service during your stay. Proper nutrition is an integral
part of your recuperation and meals are carefully planned to be nourishing
and appealing. Keep in mind that your physician determines your diet prescription,
and your diet may change during your stay due to changes in your condition
or in preparation for tests or procedures.
Our dietitians will be happy to provide you with guidelines regarding your
special diet or discuss nutrition questions that you may have.
To assist you with your daily lunch and dinner selections, you will be
visited by a Nutrition and Food Services Representative prior to lunch
and dinner, Monday through Friday. This representative will discuss your
daily menu choices and assist you with ordering your meals. If weekend
menu selections are not to your liking, you may call our Dietary Department
by dialing ext. 67152 to hear other menu items. We will gladly work with
you to accommodate your requests. Kosher and vegetarian items are always
available. Tune into channel 54 to view useful information on your diet.
There is a fee for general parking. Bring parking ticket in
to lobby to pay.