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.

For Health Professionals

Resources for Physicians & Advanced Practice Clinicians

Support Resources

Resource Liaison Line: 302-319-1304. Call our confidential in-house Resource Liaison Line for referrals to mental health and wellbeing services such as counseling/psychotherapy, psychiatric care, and coaching. The Resource Line does not provide therapy or counseling, but calls are confidential and can help connect you to appropriate services quickly.  The Resource Liaison Line is checked once daily and calls/texts are typically returned in less than 24 hours. In case of an emergency or urgent need, please call Vital WorkLife at 877-731-3949. Vital provides 24/7 confidential counseling on demand.  To access support right away for yourself or a colleagues, call Vital and ask the customer service representative to connect you with a counselor immediately.

  • The Care for the Caregiver Peer Support Program offers assistance following an adverse event.
  • Christiana Care has contracted with Vital WorkLife for behavioral health, peer coaching, and work-life assistance (concierge) services. The service is completely confidential and free to all members of the Medical-Dental staff and their families. To learn more, visit vitalworklife.com (Username: CCHS, Password: member), or call 877-731-3949.
  • The Provider Litigation Support Program promotes understanding of the legal process and support for the associated stress through the use of Provider Litigation Mentors and Educational Reading.

Wellbeing & Resiliency Development Resources

For Individuals:

  • Peer Coaching Services are available through Vital Worklife.
  • Paws to De-Stress – On a quarterly basis, the Center for Provider Wellbeing helps our extraordinary people connect with their stress-reducing furry friends.
University of Delaware professor, Dr. Joan DelFattore
  • Writing as Healing Workshops – Since the 1990s, collaborative research by physicians, psychologists, writers, and humanities scholars has demonstrated the effectiveness of Reflective Writing Workshops in relieving stress, promoting physician wellbeing, and improving doctor-patient communication. Workshops are taught by an experienced University of Delaware professor, Dr. Joan DelFattore.
  • Thank You Project – Hosted by the The Center for Provider Wellbeing, this project to helps patients and their families express their thanks and appreciation to the caregivers who touched their lives.
    • See a video explaining the Thank You Project.
    • See photos from Christiana Care’s own Thank You Project interactions.
  • Resilient Physician Leader Series – The Resilient Physician Leader Series is designed to provide physician leaders with the knowledge and skills needed to develop resiliency and restore joy and meaning in work for you and your team. The series is held quarterly, and led by Dr Lani Nelson-Zlupko, who received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, and her master’s and doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania School of Social Work and Social Policy. Dr. Nelson-Zlupko has helped numerous Fortune 500 companies as well as local and national non-profit and small business organizations manage crises, plan for and carry out transitions, manage and redirect challenging interpersonal situations, and effectively lead the people they serve.
  • COMPASS – The goal of the COMPASS (Clinician-Organized Meetings to Promote and Sustain Satisfaction) initiative is to encourage physician collegiality, shared experience, mutual support, and meaning in work to decrease burnout and promote wellbeing. Each COMPASS group consists of 6-8 physicians who meet over a 6-month period to share a meal while a facilitator leads discussion on topics such as medical mistakes and the wounded healer, personal and professional balance, and finding sources of meaning.
  • The Physician Engagement Council meets monthly to discuss ongoing and emerging issues in health care. Attendees include the community physician representatives to the service line leadership teams, elected medical Dental staff officers, several additional engaged physicians, and key leaders from CCHS. The Council serves as a focal point for vital conversations, a crossroads for our pluralistic physician staff, and an opportunity to create value for all participants and their constituents.

For Teams:

  • Oasis Project – The OASIS Project is a multifaceted approach to build resilience within care teams. The OASIS model emphasizes the process of mentoring embedded staff members over the course of 6-12 months to become on-site experts who bring content directly to their colleagues during the course of the work day. First rolled out on the MICU as a pilot in late 2015, the OASIS Project is expanding to sites across the Christiana Care Health System. Interested units and workgroups are encouraged to contact us about bringing the OASIS model to their teams
  • Reflective Rounds – The Center for Professional Wellbeing offers monthly Reflective Rounds for the outpatient Palliative Care Team, where staff members are given a protected environment to explore their reactions to their work. Reflective Rounds provide an opportunity for clinicians to identify the meaning and values that drive their work, as well as explore paths to fulfillment and self-care with their colleagues in a supportive setting. Coming in 2018.
  • Hotspotting – Hotspotting is a targeted work unit intervention to identify actionable items which will reduce physician and APC burnout and improve work satisfaction.
  • Joy in Practice Councilcoming in 2018.
  • Christiana Care Way Rounds – Christiana Care Way Rounds are designed for you – our caregivers – to offer an opportunity to reflect and learn from those we partner with in care. This quarterly series of conversations helps us to grow as professionals and better support each other to be expert, caring partners in the health of our neighbors.
  • Additional Resources
Lani Nelson-Zlupko, Ph.D., LCSW

Extra Resources for Provider Leaders

Watch this four minute video from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to gain a general overview of how leaders can help create “joy in work” for their workforce.

Dr. Lani Nelson-Zlupko is an excellent licensed therapist offering both 1:1 Executive Coaching and Small Group Coaching for Women Physician Leaders.

In addition to behavioral health and work-life assistance (concierge) services, Vital WorkLife offers:

To learn more, visit vitalworklife.com (Username: CCHS, Password: member), or call 877-731-3949.

The Physician Leadership Network (PLN) aims to develop a structured network of physician leaders within the Christiana Care Health System who will serve as the foundation for an interconnected physician leadership community dedicated to learning efficiently and effectively together through active collaboration.
The Physician Professionalism Council (PPC) is body of physician leaders that come together on a regular basis to socialize, network and discuss issues of importance to the health system. There are four focus areas for the PPC:

  1. Education/Training.
  2. Professional Development.
  3. Research.
  4. Setting Standards/Formulating Policies.
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