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Published on January 07, 2014

Flu Prevention Measures Initiated For Visitors to MidMichigan Facilities

As more cases of the flu are being reported, MidMichigan Health is protecting patients at its Medical Centers and residents of the long-term care facilities by limiting visitors to those who are healthy.

MidMichigan Health physicians and infection control specialists have carefully reviewed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and information from hospitals nationwide. After this careful consideration, the decision has been made to limit visitors to only those who are healthy for the remainder of the 2014 flu season.

“MidMichigan Health is committed to protecting the health of the communities that we serve. Employees throughout the health system have committed to being vaccinated against the flu to protect themselves and others,” said BettyAnn Eash, infection prevention coordinator for MidMichigan Health. “Such preventive measures, in addition to visitor restrictions, help to protect our patients who may already be facing medical challenges.”

Therefore, effective Wednesday, Jan. 8, MidMichigan Health will limit those who visit patients in Medical Centers in Alma, Clare, Gladwin, and Midland. The limitations also will be in effect for visitors of residents at MidMichigan’s long-term care facilities, MidMichigan Gladwin Pines and MidMichigan Stratford Village. 

Only those visitors who are healthy, without symptoms of illnesses, will be allowed to visit patients at the Medical Centers and nursing homes.

In December 2013, MidMichigan Health announced masking requirements to protect patients from the flu. Employees, volunteers and physicians who have not received the flu vaccine are required to wear a mask when within six feet of a patient or nursing facility resident care area and when performing patient or resident care or treatment.

Those interested in learning more about how to prevent influenza, as well as signs and symptoms of the flu, may visit www.midmichigan.org/flu.

Other Ways to Stay in Touch

MidMichigan offers several free electronic communication services that can help family and friends keep in touch while these visiting restrictions are in effect:

  • E-Cards – Send electronic greetings to inpatients and nursing home residents.
  • Care Pages – Set up a secure patient Web page to post status updates, exchange messages and more. Patients and their families control who has access to the patient’s Care Page.
  • Guest Wireless Internet Access  – Free wireless Internet access is available at Gladwin Pines, Stratford Village and the Medical Centers in Alma, Clare, Gladwin and Midland. Healthy adult visitors at these sites may wish to bring a laptop or wireless device to communicate with family and friends via e-mail or Care Pages.
  • Telephone – All inpatient and nursing home rooms have phones with free local calls. Visitors may also use their cell phones in designated areas.