Montefiore Nyack Hospital Implements Restricted Visitor Policy as Influenza is Declared Prevalent in New York State

Montefiore Nyack Hospital Implements Restricted Visitor Policy as Influenza is Declared Prevalent in New York State

January 6, 2017: Effective Tuesday, January 10, 2017, Montefiore Nyack Hospital is implementing a hospital-wide restricted visitation policy in response to Influenza being declared prevalent by the New York State Commissioner of Health. Montefiore Nyack Hospital is implementing the policy in an effort to reduce the spread and exposure of flu to patients, visitors, staff, and clinicians.

Visitors for all inpatient areas will be restricted to two healthy visitors, ages 13 and older, at a time. Children under the age of 13 will be permitted to visit the Maternity Center provided they are not ill. The Maternity Center staff reserves the right to restrict ill-appearing children from visiting, to protect our patients and newborns. Additionally, children under the age of 13 may be allowed to visit an inpatient under special circumstances which will be addressed on a case-by-case basis or as ordered by a physician. No one who has flu-like symptoms, which includes fever or chills, muscle or body aches, sore throat, cough, stuffy nose, or headache and fatigue, will be permitted to visit.

As a precaution, all visitors who enter the Hospital will be encouraged to wear a mask and use hand sanitizers, which will be available at hospital entrances and from health-care workers. “Implementing a visitation restriction policy will help us to reduce the spread of influenza in our community,” said Montefiore Nyack Hospital Chief Medical Officer, Anthony Matejicka, DO, MPH. “The safeguards being taken will protect our patients, visitors, and staff from potential exposure to influenza. We appreciate the public’s adherence to our policy as we work together to combat the spread of influenza.”