October 27, 2009
Hospitals restricting visitors due to H1N1 concerns
Hinsdale – Based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Adventist Bolingbrook Hospital, Adventist GlenOaks Hospital, Adventist Hinsdale Hospital and Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital are restricting visitors due to concerns about spreading the H1N1 and seasonal flu viruses.
“We are asking for everyone’s help in keeping our staff, patients and community safe,” said Regional Vice President/ Chief Nursing Officer Shawn Tyrrell.
Effective immediately, the hospitals of Adventist Midwest Health have put the following guidelines in place:
• Any visitors who have symptoms of influenza or who recently had influenza should not come to the hospital. The CDC recommends individuals stay home for three days without fever or use of medication to reduce fever before going back to work, school or visiting a hospital.
• Because children under age 12 have immature immune systems, they are restricted from visiting patients in the hospital.
“We appreciate your understanding of this change to our family-centered visiting policies,” Tyrrell said. “Once the threat of H1N1 is reduced, we will re-implement our child-friendly visiting policies. Thank you so much for your cooperation and understanding.”
For more information on the H1N1 and seasonal flu vaccines, visit the DuPage County Health Department’s Web site: www.dupagehealth.org, the Cook County Department of Public Health’s Web site: www.cookcountypublichealth.org, or the Will County Health Department’s Web site: www.willcountyhealth.org.