Flu Season Visitor Guidelines

(GARDEN CITY, KAS.) St. Catherine Hospital, in an ongoing effort to protect against the spread of communicable disease to patients, staff and visitors, is joining other hospitals across the country in implementing visitation guidelines during flu season.

These precautions are based on recommendations from the CDC and are intended to protect the community as a whole. The goal is to decrease patient exposure to an extremely communicable disease in all patient care areas.

St. Catherine Hospital understands how hard it is when a loved one is hospitalized and believe you would want the hospital to do everything possible to protect and care for your family member or loved one.

The following visitor guidelines will apply when visiting a loved one:

  • All visitors are asked to stop at the Collaboration Station before going to the patient's room to be instructed on hand hygiene and specific precautions
  • No visitors under age 12 are allowed
  • Visitors with any of the following symptoms are asked to remain at home:
    • Fever
    • Body Aches
    • Coughing
    • Sore Throat
    • Runny Nose
    • Nausea/vomiting
    • Diarrhea

Flu activity will be closely monitored using information from the CDC as well as the KDHE. These guidelines will remain in place until information shows that flu activity has decreased to a low level. As your community health care facility, we ask you, the community, to assist in providing the very best care to our patients by following these guidelines.

We have daily patient email available by contacting Shawna Deal, community relations coordinator. We encourage you to use this method of communication as an alternative to visiting.

We thank you for helping us follow the CDC guidelines.