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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Temporary visitor restrictions implemented March 11 as flu surges

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana -- With the escalation of flu-related cases citywide, Franciscan St. Francis Health and other area hospitals are 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 will implement a temporary visitor policy and take other proactive measures at its Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel hospitals and Franciscan Surgery Center, effective Friday, March 11.

The temporary visitor policy is:

  • Only immediate family as identified by patient and patient's designated support person.

  • No visitors under 18 years of age unless they are seeking medical care or are parents of pediatric patients.

  • No visitors with symptoms suggestive of influenza.

"This extra line of protection is needed right now in order to reduce the risk of exposing patients, visitors and hospital staff to the flu virus," said Marion County Public Health Department Director Dr. Virginia Caine. "Influenza is a contagious virus that can cause significant illness and, in certain cases, lead to hospitalization or death."

We apologize for any inconvenience to families; however, this policy is to protect the health of patients at our hospitals.

Visitors should call the Franciscan St. Francis Health hospital they plan to visit before arriving with any questions about the restrictions. Indianapolis 317-528-5000; Mooresville  317-831-1160; Carmel 317-705-4500; and Franciscan Surgery Center  317-528-5900