Due to an increase in influenza (flu) activity throughout North Carolina, as of Jan. 3, Angel Medical Center (AMC) is asking that family and friends limit their visitations to patients in the hospital. In particular, Angel 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 or using the hand sanitizer which is located in the hospital inside each patient room and by each elevator.
“The decision to limit visitations to patients throughout Angel Medical Center comes from an effort to minimize the spread of influenza in our community,” stated Jim Bross, president and CEO at Angel. “The safety and well-being of our patients is our first priority, and given that influenza is easily transmitted from personto- person, restricting visitors coming into the hospital is our best way of maintaining a safe and effective healing environment for those who come to Angel for care.”
These safeguards are being put into place to help prevent further spread of the flu in our community. The hospital encourages people to get their annual seasonal flu vaccine. You can still receive your flu vaccination at Angel Medical’s Outpatient Medicine Department, Monday through Thursday, 2 to 4 p.m. Cost is $25 and cash, check, or Medicare is accepted.