News | Published October 29, 2009

Visitation Guidelines Enhanced to Prevent Spread of Flu

As the healthcare leader for the region, Mount Nittany Medical Center has taken an active role in preventing H1N1 and caring for those with the flu. To further protect patients and healthcare providers from H1N1 and seasonal influenza, the Medical Center is modifying its visitation guidelines until further notice to ensure that a common-sense approach to visitation is followed. The Medical Center requests the community’s cooperation with the following guidelines as of Friday, October 30:•No visitors with signs or symptoms of cold or flu•No visitors under the age of 17, including siblings of newborns•Visitors are limited to immediate family member and caregivers only•General visiting hours will remain from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.“Protecting our patients and providing them with the best care in a safe environment is our number one priority,” said Jeffrey A. Ratner, MD, pulmonologist and senior vice president for medical affairs at Mount Nittany Medical Center. “We are asking the community to help us by following these common-sense guidelines to limit the spread of H1N1 and seasonal influenza.”Under certain circumstances, the Medical Center will work with families to determine if exceptions should apply. If the volume of influenza and H1N1 cases warrant further limitations, visiting hours may be restricted further at the discretion of the Medical Center. For more information on H1N1, check www.mountnittany.org./h1n1 or call our Health Line at 814.231.7177.
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Located in State College, Pa., Mount Nittany Medical Center is a not-for-profit, community-owned, 207-bed acute care facility leading the region in medical, surgical, outpatient, diagnostic and cancer care services. The Medical Center employs about 1,300 skilled healthcare professionals and support staff, and has more than 240 credentialed, independently-employed physicians in 43 specialties and subspecialties. Committed to moving Life Forward, Mount Nittany Medical Center is dedicated to the health and wellness of the community we serve. For more information, visit www.mountnittany.org.

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