LETTER: Rabbonim Thank Monmouth Medical Center for Crucial Changes at Maternity Ward that Prevent Chillul Shabbos

mmc monmouth tls[LETTER BELOW] In an amazing display of respect and sensitivity to their Orthodox patients and clients, the Monmouth Medical Center administration has made unprecedented changes to correct an issue of possible Chillul Shabbos

For the past few years, members of the Lakewood community, and beyond, have had difficulty entering the fifth floor maternity ward at Monmouth Medical Center on Shabbos and Yom Tov, due to the presence of a security camera at the top of the stairwell. Many Rabbonim maintain the opinion that one may not allow himself to be videotaped on Shabbos if he will benefit from being seen in the video.

Until now, the only way for the security guard to be alerted to buzz the person in, was by seeing him in the video screen. Therefore, the psak of many Rabbonim was that one may not enter the fifth floor maternity ward on Shabbos or Yom Tov.

In response to this issue, the hospital went out of its way to correct this issue, by moving the security cameras to a different location in the stairwell.

The procedure for entering the maternity ward on Shabbos and Yom Tov is now as follows.

Upon entering the hospital lobby, one should tell the security guard that in five minutes he will need to enter the fifth floor through the stairwell.

Five minutes later, the guard on the fifth floor will press the buzzer at his desk, which will unlock the door for about 10-15 seconds. (The guard can talk to you over the intercom, but you cannot respond without pressing the intercom button.)

letter 1It should be noted that this protocol is only needed for the 5th floor. The 6th floor maternity ward, as well as the labor and delivery unit, can be accessed by simply knocking loudly on the door to the department. The staff will hear the knock and buzz you in.

“The administration of MMC has gone above and beyond to help our community, and it is greatly appreciated,” Askonim involved told TLS.

The Rabbonim involved, led by Rabbi Forchheimer and Rabbi Shmuel Meir Katz, have sent a warm thank you letter to the hospital administration for their help on this issue, as well as with issues pertaining to Kohanim.



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  1. MMC U R doing an amazing job I was there for Shabbos a few months ago. Your sensitivty to the Frum Community is incredible! Keep up the Great work!

  2. Lets get the facts straight. The only reason why Monmouth Medical is not bankrupt is because of the jews in Lakewood and the thousands of births every year. I live in deal and I’m very familiar with what goes on there. This is nice but totally expected.

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