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Hospitals no longer restricting visitors due to H1N1 concerns
Contact: Lisa Parro, senior public relations specialist, Adventist Midwest Health 630-312-7508 Lisa.parro@ahss.org

Visitors under age 12 are once again welcome at Adventist Midwest Health’s four suburban Chicago hospitals. Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital have lifted the temporary visitation ban enacted in October in response to concerns about spreading the H1N1 and seasonal flu viruses, Regional Vice President/Chief Nursing Officer Shawn Tyrrell announced today.

“Now that the threat of H1N1 is reduced, we are pleased to re-implement our child-friendly visiting policies,” Tyrrell said. “We are grateful to the community for their cooperation and understanding.”

Limiting the number of visitors – particularly children – was necessary to reduce the risk of illness to Adventist Midwest Health patients. Because of their immature immune systems, children under age 12 are more likely to contract and spread the H1N1 virus.

Since implementing the visitor restrictions six months ago, hospital infection control officials have continued to closely monitor flu cases and decided to relax the restrictions due to a sustained decrease in H1N1 flu activity in the community.

“We’ll continue monitoring flu cases weekly and will reinstate the ban if another wave of H1N1 hits,” Tyrrell said. “The safety and health of our patients, community and staff is paramount.”