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

Diversity & Inclusion

Christiana Care is a great place to work in part because of the uniqueness of our employees, volunteers, and affiliated health professionals. Each one of us brings our own history, characteristics, and skills to our jobs every day.

Our individual backgrounds and perspectives help us provide the best health care possible. Collectively, we can better serve our patients with empathy, understanding, and respect.

This inclusive culture helps everyone have the opportunity to fully engage and embrace their uniqueness. In an ever-changing environment, fostering inclusion is important to advancing transformation in how we treat others and care for our patients. We seek to raise awareness of our commitment to creating a culture of inclusion and continue to learn from and grow with one another.

Diversity is about the unique characteristics that make up each one of us including the items that are regularly measured such as: age, gender, race, income level, marital status, religion, veteran status, educational background and geographic location.

But it also includes the many other “parts” of each person such as physical ability, sexual orientation, culture, ethnicity, lifestyle, national origin, parental status, personality, personal/Work experiences, thought processes and work style.

Inclusion is creating a sense of belonging, feeling respected, valued and seen for who we are as individuals while ensuring that all people have the opportunity to fully engage and embrace their strengths of our differences so that collectively, we can do our best work to accomplish our goals.

Cultural Competence is the ability of health care providers and organizations to understand and respond effectively to the cultural and language needs brought by the patient to the health care encounter. Culture competence requires organizations and their personnel to: 1) value diversity; 2) assess themselves; 3) manage the dynamics of difference; 4) acquire and institutionalize cultural knowledge; and 5) adapt to diversity and the cultural contexts of individuals and communities served.

Disparity was the original term used to focus attention on differences in health and healthcare. It connotes differences between groups in the quality of care, which are not due to access, preferences, or appropriateness of care. Now the terminology is moving to “equity”. It is a term that has less connotation of blame or deficiency of care, more connotation of good health and healthcare as being a right, and reflects our need to take positive action to make improvements for all groups and individuals.

But why is this important?

  • The U.S. Census Bureau predicts that within the next 50 years, nearly one half (48%) of the nation’s population will be from cultures other than White, non-Hispanic.
  • By 2030, people of color will comprise nearly 28% of Delaware population, up from 23% in 2000.
  • The Joint Commission has developed new standards that will be in effect by 2011 for Cultural Competent Patient-Centered Care and Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS).