INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – With the escalation of flu-like cases, Franciscan Health is working with local public health agencies in central Indiana.
Franciscan will implement a temporary visitation policy at its hospitals in Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel, and at the Franciscan Surgery Center in Indianapolis, effective 7 a.m., Friday, Jan. 11.
Tweet Now: @myFranciscan will implement a temporary visitation policy at its hospitals in Indianapolis, Mooresville and Carmel, and at the Franciscan Surgery Center in Indianapolis, effective 7 a.m., Friday, Jan. 11.
The policy is:
"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 Christopher Doehring, MD, vice president of medical affairs. "Influenza is a contagious virus that can cause significant illness and, in certain cases, lead to hospitalization or death."
Visitor restrictions to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Franciscan Health Indianapolis were implemented earlier because of increasing cases of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) cases in Marion County.
Additionally, Franciscan Health facilities will:
Visitors with any questions about the restrictions should call the Franciscan Health hospital they plan to visit before arriving. Indianapolis: 317-528-5000; Mooresville: 317-831-1160; Carmel: 317-705-4500; and Franciscan Surgery Center: 317-528-5900.
Franciscan Health urges the public to check with their primary care providers to obtain flu vaccines. Patients also have the opportunity to receive shots at:
Franciscan ExpressCare (urgent care centers)
Hours are 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily.
Franciscan Health After-Hours Clinics (Indianapolis and Mooresville)
Hours are 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
To view all hospital visitor restrictions across Franciscan Health, visit FranciscanHealth.org/VisitorRestrictions.
By Joe Stuteville
Media Relations Manager -- firstname.lastname@example.org