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.

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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.

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For Health Professionals

Resources for Residents

Support Resources

  • 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.
  • Employee Assistance Program provides confidential resources that aid in assisting employees achieve a healthy lifestyle through 24/7 telephone consultation and access to skilled EAP counselors in the community. Advice related to work/life balance, childcare, eldercare, legal, financial, pet care, etc. is available.
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Dr. Vanessa Downing
  • Request a personal, confidential wellbeing assessment and learn about mental health providers and services in the community:
  • Dr. Lani Nelson-Zlupko is an excellent licensed therapist who provides counseling dealing with stress, anxiety, and work-life balance. First three visits are covered by the residency program. 302-543-6296Lani@LNZconsulting.com
  • Dr. Sandeep Gupta is a psychiatrist who can be seen for medical management. First three visits are covered by the residency program.
    302-478-6199 or 302-312-9478
  • Dr. David York is a clinical psychologist who offers psycho-educational, cognitive, learning style, career interest, personality, and other forms of psychological assessment to residents. If you are academically under-performing, experiencing difficulties or distress, or simply want to learn more about yourself, you may contact him at DYork@christianacare.org or call him at 302-623-0201.

    All consultations with Dr. York, whether initiated by the resident or his/her program director(s), are undertaken as independent consultations directly to the resident. When referred by a residency program director, Dr. York will describe the relevant parameters regarding confidentiality so that you can make an informed decision regarding the potential benefits and risks of participating in a psychological assessment before making an appointment.

Wellbeing & Resiliency Development Initiatives:

  • 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. Workshops are held during MICU rotations.

  • 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.
  • Ice Cream Rounds – Ice Cream Rounds (ICR) are quarterly residents-only supportive and reflective sessions that occur during protected lecture time. During ICR, residents are encouraged to think deeply about the challenges and opportunities encountered during this capstone training experience, and to share their experiences and developing wisdom with each other. ICR began as a pilot project in 2016 in Emergency Medicine, OB-GYN, Surgery, and Family Medicine residencies, but has since expanded to the majority of medical and dental residencies offered at Christiana Care.
  • Winternfest – The life of an intern includes plenty of hard work and stress. In February, interns are treated to a special time-out to focus on their own health, wellness and work/life balance at an event called Winternfest.
  • The project Looking Back/Paying Forward: #messagetomyinternself invited the graduating classes of 2016 and 2017 to reflect on the wisdom and perspective they gained over the course of their residency. Read some of the messages they shared for new residents coming to Christiana Care.
  • The Resident Wellbeing Committee was founded to promote a culture of wellness and resiliency within the training environment. We provide our colleagues with a multitude of wellness resources addressing topics such as second victim syndrome, compassion fatigue, caregiver burnout, resiliency, and suicide prevention. The committee consists of resident champions from each of our programs.

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