Flu season visitor restriction – age 16 or older (Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu) – Mayores de 16 años.)

Flu Season Visitor Restriction

Visitors temporarily restricted to age 16 or older

As a safety first organization, Christiana Care is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Friday, Jan. 18. This temporary restriction protects patients, their loved ones and health care workers during this time of extremely high number of influenza cases and other respiratory illnesses circulating in our community.

The new restrictions limit visitors to patients in Christiana and Wilmington hospitals to persons age 16 or older. Children and teens younger than 16 years are most likely to get the flu and remain contagious longer than adults. This restriction does not apply to outpatient and ambulatory services. We began restricting visitors under the age of 16 years in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Women’s and Children’s areas on Jan. 18.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

For more information about the Flu visit our Health Library.

Restricción de visitantes durante la Temporada de Influenza (Flu)

Temporalmente solo se permiten los visitantes mayores de 16 años.

Como una organización que promueve la seguridad ante todo, Christiana Care está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 18 de enero. Esta restricción temporal protege a los pacientes, a sus seres queridos y al personal de cuidados de salud durante esta época con un número extremadamente alto de casos de influenza y de otras enfermedades respiratorias que circulan en nuestra comunidad.

Las nuevas restricciones, en los hospitales Christiana y Wilmington, sólo permiten visitas a pacientes de personas mayores de 16 años. Los niños y adolescentes menores de 16 años son más propensos a contraer el flu y son contagiosos por más tiempo que los adultos. Esta restricción no aplica a las áreas de servicios ambulatorios. Comenzamos la restricción de visitas a menores de 16 años en nuestra Unidad de Cuidados Intensivos Neonatales (NICU) y en las áreas para Mujeres y Niños desde el 18 de enero.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

Para más información sobre la gripe, visite nuestra Biblioteca de Salud.

About Christiana Care

The Words of The Christiana Care Way

The words of The Christiana Care Way were carefully chosen because of what they mean, and because of the actions they imply. Learn more about why we chose them:


A “way” is a basic approach to doing things. It is a philosophy. It also can mean a path forward to reach a destination. That destination, for us, is the best possible health care.


As a not-for-profit organization, our primary mission is to serve.

Service is a guiding principle for us at Christiana Care. We take inspiration from the concept of servant leadership, a philosophy and practice developed by Robert K. Greenleaf that instructs us to lead by focusing on the quality and value of people, and by giving priority attention to the needs of the people we serve. In the context of health care, that means putting patients and their families at the center of everything we do. We are privileged to serve those who have entrusted us with their care.


The word “neighbors” is helpful to us in describing the relationships between the doctors, nurses and other health professionals at Christiana Care and the people we serve in the community. Very often, we quite literally take care of our neighbors.

But “neighbor” is also a way of treating another person. We take time for our neighbors, and we look out for them. We greet them with a smile and say “hello.” At Christiana Care, we strive to treat all of our patients and their families as neighbors.


Respect is at the center of any healthy relationship between people. It is the foundation for trust. It permits us to understand each other’s uniqueness. It creates the two-way communication that is necessary for people to help each other, and for doctors and nurses to provide the best care.

As human beings, we all deserve respect. We believe that respect for everyone is essential.


The people whom we serve at Christiana Care are not just looking for “caring” in their care. They want expertise. A caring neighbor is not the same as a caring, expert physician.

As medical professionals, we take very seriously our responsibility to be experts at what we do. Every one of our patients deserves the best care, and we work tirelessly to stay at the forefront of the medical profession so that we can provide it.

Christiana Care has a long history of bringing new methods of treatment to our community. But expertise is not only the responsibility of doctors, nurses and front-line staff. Every member of the Christiana Care team is called to be among the very best.


A common danger among the helping professions—including medicine—is that experts can fall into the habit of telling people what to do. In the fast-paced environment of a hospital or a doctor’s office, doctors and nurses can sometimes forget the importance of respectful, open communication in the rush to make things right quickly.

At Christiana Care, we are committed to treating every patient as a partner, and to the philosophy of patient and family centered care. Doctors and nurses are experts at providing medical care, but patients and their families are the experts in their own lives. It takes a partnership—both sides working together—to be truly successful.


Health is about more than health care. We provide health care, but health is always our goal. An operation is not successful if the patient’s health is not improved. Prescriptions have no value if they don’t help the patient to get well and stay well.

We know that there are many, complicated factors that contribute to a person’s health. They include environment, family history and personal choices. Much of what determines a person’s health lies outside of health care. But that is never an excuse for focusing our efforts too narrowly. The health of our patients is our goal—nothing less.

Create and Innovate

Christiana Care is by far the largest health care organization in our community. Our size alone implies a unique responsibility in caring for our neighbors, because what we do creates the standard of care in our community.

This great responsibility gives us a special opportunity to make a great difference. We have the opportunity to design and implement approaches to care that are not only excellent, but that focus on the specific needs of our community. To succeed, we must be creative, and we must be innovative. We must make the best use of the tools of science and research, and we must challenge ourselves to continually ask questions and strive for perfection.

Effective and Affordable

Care that is not effective is worthless. Care that our patients and our community cannot afford is inaccessible. There is no quality health care without accessibility. As citizens in our community, and as the largest private employer in Delaware, we are responsible for making sure health care is both effective and affordable.

Systems of Care

All health care is delivered as part of a system. Well-designed systems of health care delivery enable the care to be more effective, more affordable and more valuable.

Poor designs limit. The best technology and the best expertise lose value if mired in a poorly designed system.

Most of the major advances in quality and safety that we have seen at Christiana Care over the past decade were not the result of new technology alone, but rather of new systems of care that these technologies spawned. Future improvements in value are most likely to come from improvements in systems of care.


At Christiana Care, “value” has a specific, formal meaning: Value is making a measurable difference in people’s lives through what we do, in ways that people appreciate and that they and our society can afford.

Our concept of value embodies quality, safety, cost, accessibility, affordability, efficiency, effectiveness and patients’ perceptions. Understanding what is valuable to the health of patients and increasing that value is Christiana Care’s fundamental strategy of service.