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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Flu surge spurs temporary visitation policy at hospitals Jan. 18

INDIANAPOLIS – With the escalation of flu-related cases being reported at hospitals and other medical offices throughout central Indiana, Franciscan St. Francis Health has been working closely with the Marion County Health Department and Indianapolis Coalition for Patient Safety.

To lower the risk of exposure to our patients, employees and visitors, Franciscan St. Francis and other Indianapolis-area hospitals will implement a temporary visitation policy and take other proactive measures at our hospitals at Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel.

Based upon recommendation and effective  Friday, Jan. 18:

  • No visitors with influenza-like illness or condition (fever or cough) will be allowed.
  • No visitors under the age of 18 will be allowed unless special arrangements are made. This will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Visitors will be limited to immediate family members, partners or “significant others,” or as determined on a case-by-case basis.

Franciscan St. Francis will be taking additional measures, including the placing of signage and additional face masks near major entrances and evaluating the potential need for “Well Check” stations located near these access points.

Further updates on the visitation policy may be forthcoming. We appreciate the public’s understanding and cooperation with this temporary measure. And we thank you for your ongoing support to ensure the health of our patients, visitors and employees.

Robert J. Brody
President and Chief Executive Officer
Franciscan St. Francis Health