|Visitation restrictions continue for second week
Ravenna, Ohio, Oct. 14, 2009 – Due to increased influenza in the community, Robinson Memorial Hospital is continuing visitation restrictions implemented on Oct. 7 that allow only healthy visitors age 18 and older to visit patients. Hospitals frequently enact visitation restrictions each year during influenza season.
“Flu symptoms do not always show in younger people,” said Joan Seidel, RN, BSN, Robinson Memorial Hospital Infection Control Coordinator. “We’re asking families not to bring persons age 17 or younger to visit because it will help us protect our patients.”
Individuals 17 or younger are allowed in the hospital for tests and procedures and activities such as physical therapy. The restriction applies to visiting patients only. The hospital also asks that people not visit if they do not feel well or if they show symptoms of: fever, chills, headache, cough, sore throat or muscle aches.
For current reports on Robinson Memorial Hospital’s visitation restrictions or influenza vaccine administration, please visit www.robinsonmemorial.org or call (330) 297-8887.
The following hospitals in the area have also enacted visitation restrictions for individuals 17 and under: Affinity Medical Center, Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Edwin Shaw Hospital, Akron General Medical Center, Alliance Community Hospital, Aultman Hospital, Lodi Community Hospital, Medina Hospital a Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Mercy Medical Center, Regency Hospitals, Select Specialty Hospitals, Summa Akron City Hospital, Summa Barberton Hospital, Summa St. Thomas Hospital, Summa Wadsworth-Rittman Hospital and Summa Western Reserve Hospital.
About Robinson Memorial Hospital
Located in Ravenna, Robinson Memorial Hospital is a 150-staffed-bed progressive hospital serving the residents of Portage County and surrounding communities. The second-largest employer in the county, Robinson Memorial Hospital includes an urgent care facility; surgery center; free-standing, comprehensive imaging facilities and a network of physician practices throughout Portage County. Robinson Memorial Hospital has been awarded the 2009 Distinguished Hospital Clinical Excellence Award by HealthGrades, placing the hospital in the top five percent of all hospitals in the country for overall clinical excellence. Robinson Memorial Hospital is recognized as one of the best places to work in Northeast Ohio by the Employers Resource Council and has been designated a Magnet hospital by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Magnet recognizes quality patient care and nursing excellence and provides consumers with the ultimate benchmark to measure the quality of care they can expect to receive. Robinson Memorial Hospital is an affiliate member of Summa Health System. For more information, visit www.robinsonmemorial.org.