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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Franciscan St. Francis Health lifts temporary flu visitation restrictions April 13

Indianapolis NICU will continue restrictions until April 29

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – As the number of flu cases has subsided, Franciscan St. Francis Health and other area hospitals will remove visitor restrictions, effective Wednesday, April 13.

Franciscan St. Francis implemented the temporary policy March 11 at its Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel hospitals and Franciscan Surgery Center at the request of the Marion County Public Health Department (MCPHD) and the Indianapolis Coalition for Public Safety.

“That extra line of protection was needed to reduce the risk of exposing our patients, visitors and staff to this season’s flu virus,” said Chief Nursing Officer Susan McRoberts, MSN, RN. “Certainly, we appreciate the public’s cooperation and understanding during that time.”

However, Franciscan St. Francis Health will maintain temporary visitation restrictions to its neonatal intensive care unit until April 29. The restrictions include:
  • 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.

 “While flu activity is going down in Marion County, we must continue to protect ourselves and each other by doing simple things such as washing hands frequently with soap and water and covering our coughs,” said Virginia Caine, MD, MCPHD director. “It is important for anyone with the flu or flu-like symptoms to avoid visiting someone in the hospital and to stay home from work until symptoms are resolved.”