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, ChristianaCare is implementing a temporary visitation age restriction starting Tuesday, Jan. 21. 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.

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, ChristianaCare está implementando una restricción temporal en la edad de visitantes a partir del viernes 21 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.

Gracias por su comprensión y cooperación.

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

Physicians & Staff

Brian M. Rahmer, Ph.D., MS

Director, Community Health Engagement, Office of Health Equity; Value Institute Scholar

Brian Rahmer, Ph.D., MS, is the director of Community Health Engagement for the Office of Health Equity.

His focus within this ChristianaCare specialty, established to provide an exceptional experience and optimal health for women, children and families, is on engaging communities across sectors to collectively impact infant mortality disparities driven by social determinants of health.

Dr. Rahmer earned his doctorate in urban affairs and public policy with a concentration in health policy from the University of Delaware School of Public Policy and Administration (SPPA). He has more than a decade of experience implementing, evaluating and advocating for equitable health care. His extensive achievements as a leader in strategic community engagement incorporate the Health in All Policies collaborative approach to improving the health of all people by embodying health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas.

Dr. Rahmer has conducted dynamic modeling, health promotion program design and implementation, policy and network analysis and research to help bring about evidence-informed, community-guided solutions to health inequities. He is passionate about civic engagement around the social and political forces that shape population health to achieve equitable, optimal and lasting outcomes for a healthy society.

Dr. Rahmer is a policy fellow at the SPPA Center for Community Research & Service and a member of the University of Delaware Community Engagement Commission, recognized nationally by the Carnegie Foundation. He is a board member and past chair of the Delaware Coalition for Healthy Eating and Active Living, a statewide collaborative of over 200 partners representing more than 70 organizations across the region; a Healthy Neighborhoods committee member at the Delaware Center for Health Innovation, a CMS State Innovation Model Initiative; and a member of the policy and evaluation group of the Governor’s Council on Health Promotion and Disease Prevention.

Dr. Rahmer has presented and advised on national, regional and local health and social policy issues regarding community engagement and social determinants of health. He is a member of the American Evaluation Association, Society for the Study of Social Problems, American Public Health Association, Delaware Public Health Association, Society for Participatory Medicine, and AcademyHealth.