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; Owensboro Health Muhlenberg Community Hospital, the Owensboro Health Medical Group comprised of over 200 providers at more than 20 locations; three outpatient Healthplex facilities, a certified medical fitness facility, the Healthpark; a surgical weight loss center and program, and the Mitchell Memorial Cancer Center.

On average each year, we have 16,000 inpatient admissions, deliver 2,000 babies and provide the region’s only Level III NICU. Owensboro Health physicians perform nearly 24,000 surgical procedures, including nearly 200 open-heart surgeries. Our physicians and staff have 70,000 Emergency Department visits, more than a million outpatient visits annually. Visit our home page for more information.