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Updated 12/22/2021

St. Luke’s recognizes the important role your family and friends play in your recovery. Their love and support will be instrumental in your return to wellness.

To help maintain a healthy environment, we are requiring all staff, patients and visitors to wear a mask (covering your nose and mouth) at all times – regardless of vaccination status.

With the health and safety of patients, staff and the community in mind during the latest COVID-19 surge, St. Luke’s University Health Network will allow for up to two vaccinated visitors per patient at a time at all of its hospital locations with the following restrictions guidelines:*

While visiting your loved one, please observe these guidelines:

  • All visitors are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.
  • Visiting hours are from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm for up to 2 visitors, aged 12 and older.
  • Masks are to be worn (covering your nose and mouth) and social distancing maintained for the duration of the visit.
  • Eating/drinking by visitors should be limited to cafeterias, as available. Visitors may not eat/drink while in patient rooms or waiting areas; as this requires mask removal and increases risk of infection.
  • Visitors must be in good health and may be subject to a health screening.
  • Visitation for COVID-19 positive patients is prohibited except for those nearing end of life.
  • For patients with cognitive or intellectual disabilities one support person may remain with the patient.

Specialty Specific Guidelines:

  • Pediatrics
    • Two parents or guardians or parent and assigned support person visitation of a child on the inpatient pediatric unit, pediatric ICU or neonatal ICU may occur at any time.
  • Obstetrics
    • Two visitors plus one certified doula (if discussed and approved by OB provider).
    • Visiting hours per the unit policy. Policies will be reviewed with patient and family at time of admission.
    • Siblings are allowed to visit per the unit policy.
  • Behavioral Health
    • No visitors per specialty policy.
  • Skilled Nursing
    • 100% Visitor screening.
    • To ensure social distancing - Limit to two visitors at a time.
  • End of Life
    • Visitation can occur at any time, but it is preferred if the following times are avoided:
      6:45 am - 7:15 am and 6:45 pm - 7:15 pm.
    • Visitors may not congregate in common or waiting room areas while waiting to visit.
  • Oncology
    • Visitors are NOT permitted in our infusion centers or radiation therapy areas.
  • Same Day Surgeries
    • One visitor for patients undergoing same-day surgeries and procedures.
  • Emergency Department
    • One visitor per patient in the Emergency Department.

This policy will be re-evaluated as needed and revised based on community spread.

St. Luke’s understands this policy might present difficulties for some patients, family members and friends, and we are sympathetic to those concerns. At the same time, we must be responsible to the communities we serve and do what’s best to protect everyone. We urge those who might be impacted to please cooperate with our physicians, nurses and staff as they help our organizations fight COVID-19.

Patients put their trust in us when they choose to seek care with St. Luke’s. As such, we have developed the following policy reflects St. Luke’s University Health Network’s longstanding commitment to providing a safe work environment free from threat or harm for all of our providers, employees and volunteers. As you will note, this policy details our Network’s expectations regarding appropriate communication and behavior for all who use our services. As our patients and guests of St. Luke’s University Health Network, we ask you to join us in creating a safe environment for all. View Code of Conduct

Your cooperation in observing these guidelines is appreciated and will help us provide the safe environment that is necessary to continue to welcome visitors to our facilities.

For St. Luke’s Hospice House visitation information please contact 484-526-7100.

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* Policies/guidelines may vary at St. Luke’s Warren Campus to comply with New Jersey directives.