Published on May 01, 2014

Flu Advisory

Visitor restrictions are now in place at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital as Patient Safety and Infection Prevention staff work to protect patients, staff and other visitors from influenza.

According to information provided by Manager of Quality and Patient Safety Marcie Henderson, the following visitor restrictions are in effect as of Monday, Dec. 29 2014 until further notice:

  • Visitors should be kept to a minimum and should only include persons essential for the patient’s care and emotional well-being.
  • No children under age 18 will be allowed to visit patients.
  • Anyone with a cold, respiratory illness or fever is asked to refrain from visiting.

Over the weekend of December 27 and 28, Owensboro Health Regional Hospital saw a large increase in the number of flu cases. Henderson said that December has seen a total of 367 positive flu tests at the hospital, with 50 patients being admitted to the hospital because of influenza.

Hand hygiene is also being promoted as a critical measure to preventing the spread of influenza and other illnesses, Henderson said. All individuals are encouraged to wash hands often, including when entering, while inside and when leaving the hospital.

For more information, contact Infection Prevention at 270-417-4378. 

About Owensboro Health

Owensboro Health is a nonprofit health system with a mission to heal the sick and to improve the health of the communities it serves in Kentucky and Indiana. The system includes Owensboro Health Regional Hospital, nationally recognized for design, architecture and engineering and the only hospital in the world to be designated a Signature Sanctuary by Audubon International, Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprising over 180 providers in 25 locations, a certified medical fitness facility, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center. Owensboro Health has been recognized for outstanding care, safety and clinical excellence by The Joint Commission, U.S. News & World Report and Becker’s Hospital Review. As the largest employer west of Louisville, Owensboro Health has 4,088 employees, and in FY 2015 saw 18,380 inpatient admissions and 823,072 outpatient encounters. A committed community partner, Owensboro Health provided grants of $702,924 in the last year to health, social service, education and arts agencies across the region. For more information, visit owensborohealth.org.