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Features Health & Wellness Mission Health limits visitations for patient safety

Limits due to an increase in flu incidence

Due to an increase in influenza (flu) activity throughout North Carolina, Mission Health is asking that family and friends limit their visitations to patients in the hospital. In particular, Mission Health is asking children under age 12 and people who do not feel well, to call patients rather than visit them. Mission Health has implemented this precaution at all Mission Heath member hospitals in Western North Carolina: McDowell Hospital in Marion, Transylvania Regional Hospital in Brevard, Blue Ridge Regional Hospital in Spruce Pine and Angel Medical Center in Franklin.

In addition to limiting exposure, the spread of the flu can be controlled with frequent hand washing. All visitors to the hospital are urged to wash their hands before and after visiting. Limiting visitations is a precaution often taken during flu season when flu activity reaches a certain level. Should the flu activity level increase, further restrictions may be implemented or recommended.

About Mission Health

Mission Health, based in Asheville, N.C., is the state’s sixthlargest health system and the region’s only not-for-profit, independent community hospital system governed and managed exclusively in Western North Carolina. In 2012 Mission Health was named one of the nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Thomson Reuters – the only health system in N.C. to receive this recognition.

Mission Health member hospitals include Angel Medical Center in Franklin. For more, visit www.mission-health.org





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