St.Vincent Announces Temporary Visitor Restrictions
December 15, 2014
St.Vincent Health System
The Indiana Department of Health is reporting an increase in influenza-like illness across the state. St.Vincent seeks to ensure that all associates, patients and visitors to our hospitals stay healthy. Therefore, in compliance with The Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety, St.Vincent is implementing the following temporary visitor restrictions for all St.Vincent ministries (excluding St. Mary's), effective Monday, Dec. 15:
- No visitors with influenza-like illness, fever or cough
- No visitors under age 18 (unless special arrangements are made)
- No visitors beyond immediate family, partner or significant other
These restrictions for visitation apply to the following locations:
- Peyton Manning Children's Hospital at St.Vincent
- St.Joseph Kokomo
- St.Mary's Health
- St.Vincent Anderson Regional
- St.Vincent Carmel
- St.Vincent Clay
- St.Vincent Dunn
- St.Vincent Fishers
- St.Vincent Frankfort
- St.Vincent Heart Center
- St.Vincent Indianapolis
- St.Vincent Jennings
- St.Vincent Mercy
- St.Vincent Randolph
- St.Vincent Salem
- St.Vincent Seton Specialty
- St.Vincent Stress Center
- St.Vincent Williamsport
- St.Vincent Women's
By temporarily restricting visitors, we can help limit the spread of the flu virus, and continue to provide exceptional care to our patients.
With that in mind, there are steps you can take to protect you and your family from the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a three-step approach to fighting influenza.
- Get a flu vaccine.
- Take everyday preventive actions to stop the spread of germs such as covering your cough and washing your hands throughout the day.
- Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them.
For more information on seasonal influenza, see the CDC's guidelines at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/