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Flagler Hospital Revises Visitation Policy During Flu Season

Flagler Hospital Revises Visitation Policy During Flu Season

ST. AUGUSTINE , FL – OCTOBER 12, 2009 - Due to the prevalence of H1N1 (Swine Flu) in Northeast Florida, Flagler Hospital has temporarily revised its visitation policy. The new policy limits hospitalized patients to only one visitor at a time and also states that visitors must be immediate family members over 15 years of age. 

“This is simply a precautionary measure to help protect our patients, who are often much more vulnerable to the effects of the flu, and to reduce the spread of H1N1 in our community,” said Flagler Hospital President Joe Gordy. “This is not due to any significant change in the number of flu patients in recent weeks – but rather, supports our overall goal to proactively limit the spread of any infection.”

Hospital officials indicated that exceptions may be made in certain instances, but that the community is encouraged to comply.  In addition, people who are experiencing flu like symptoms (ie coughing, sneezing, fever, nausea, vomiting) should not visit hospitalized patients. For more information about seasonal or H1N1 flu, visit

About Flagler Hospital

Flagler Hospital is a 316-bed acute care hospital that is consistently recognized nationally for overall clinical excellence.  Flagler was the only hospital in the region to earn Five Stars for Maternity Care from HealthGrades and was also the only hospital in Northeast Florida to achieve the Commission on Cancer’s Outstanding Achievement award this year.  Flagler was Northeast Florida’s first hospital to receive the ANCC Magnet hospital award and was named among U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals 2007”.  Thomson Reuters has also named Flagler Hospital among the nation’s Top 100 Performance Improvement Leaders for the past three consecutive years. For more information about Flagler Hospital, please visit us at