Goshen Hospital implements visitor restrictions due to flu season

January 4, 2018

GOSHEN, Ind. – Goshen Hospital is taking the precautionary measure of limiting patient visitors to the hospital to protect patients, families and Colleagues from unnecessary exposure to the flu virus. This temporary policy goes into effect on January 4, 2018.
“Patient safety is of utmost importance to us. We will have these restrictions in place until we see a significant decrease in patients presenting with flu-like symptoms,” shared Dr. Daniel Nafziger, Chief Medical Officer, Goshen Hospital.

The following temporary restrictions are in place for visitors:

  • Only adult immediate family identified by patients will be allowed to visit.
  • Siblings and visitors under 18 years of age will not be allowed to visit.
  • Guests will be asked to wash their hands and use hand sanitizer often while in the building.
  • Visitors who have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, cough, chills or muscle aches, will not be allowed.
  • Patients with flu-like symptoms will be asked to wear a surgical or isolation mask.
  • Exceptions can be made by the care team in the event of special circumstances.

“We appreciate your help in restricting the spread of the flu virus,” said Dr. Nafziger. “Even if you don’t plan to visit our hospital, it is important to wash your hands often and cover your mouth when you cough. If you find yourself with flu-like symptoms, stay home and get your rest. However, if your symptoms worsen, please see your primary care doctor or visit an urgent care location. The flu vaccine is safe and it isn't too late to get one.”

About Goshen Health:
Goshen Health is a community-owned, nonprofit healthcare organization committed to improving the health of its communities. To live out the organization’s mission, Colleagues practice compassion, accountability, respect and excellence in every endeavor. The health system includes 30 locations across four counties with specialized cancer care; heart and vascular care; and a physician’s network with primary and specialty care.

For more information about Goshen Health, contact Shannon McNett-Silcox at (574) 364-2638, smsilcox@goshenhealth.com or visit www.GoshenHealth.com.