What about my wife giving birth? what about visiting a loved one? To further assist kohanim in staying away from issurei tumah, below is a partial listing of hospitals and their morgue location and layout. The Hospital Rabbi/Chaplain is the first place to query regarding a specific hospital;
Beth Israel – NY
All building of Beth Israel connect with each other – thus טומאת אוהל is applicable. The morgue is located on the 11th floor. רוב hospital patients are non-Jews with few Jewish patients dying in the hospital. Rabbinic Chaplain can be contacted in advance to verify that no Jewish bodies are in the morgue.
Source/contact; Rabbi Sheldon Goldsmith (retiring 12/31/15) 212-420-2729) . Additional contacts: Rabbi Dov Jacob (liaison) 917-886-3865 or Rabbi Yoel Deitch (liaison) 718-702-0799
Hackensack University Hospital/Valley hospital of Ridgewood – NJ
Morgue is a single-story extension at the rear of the main building with an entrance leading out the parking lot (off Second St.). The morgue is accessable from the main building via double-doors. A Pathology lab is housed in the ICU building.
Source/contact; Rabbi Avrohom Marmorstien – Rabbinic chaplain at Hackensack University Hospital and Valley Hospital of Ridgewood -(