Mission restricts visitation due to influenza

Dec 21, 2012

Mission Health is restricting visitors to its hospitals because of an increase in reported influenza-like illness throughout North Carolina. Only immediate family members, support persons or other caregivers will be permitted in patient care areas.

Children under the age of 12 will not be permitted. This precaution is being implemented at Mission Hospital and all Mission Health member hospitals in western North Carolina: McDowell Hospital in Marion, Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine and Angel Medical Center in Franklin.

“These restrictions are being imposed to protect the health of our patients and to minimize the spread of influenza throughout the community,” said Dale Fell, MD, Senior Vice President and System Chief Medical Officer of Mission Health. “We encourage other friends and family to call loved ones rather than visit the hospital to ensure their safety as we work toward our goal of achieving our BIG(GER) Aim: to get each patient to the desired outcome, first without harm, also without waste and with an exceptional experience for the patient and family.”

On Dec. 10, Mission Health asked friends and family of patients to limit visitations based on recommendations from Mission Health’s infection prevention department. Today, the department recommended an additional restriction be imposed as the number of reported flu cases continues to increase statewide.
All visitors are urged to wash their hands before and after visiting. Hand sanitizing stations are available at hospital entrances and throughout the buildings. People who have not yet received the influenza vaccine are urged to do so immediately, and to ensure their children have been vaccinated. However, children under 12 will not be permitted in patient care areas of the hospitals.

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