(October 9, 2009) - To protect patients, visitors, and Team
Members during flu season, Memorial University Medical Center
(MUMC) is modifying some of its visitation policies. These changes,
similar to those instituted at other children's hospitals in
Georgia and around the country, specifically apply to the George
and Marie Backus
Children's Hospital, including the neonatal
unit, at MUMC. However, we do ask that visitors refrain from
visiting any patient care areas if they feel sick or think they may
be catching something.
Beginning Monday, October 12, visitors at Backus Children's
Hospital and the neonatal units should observe the following
• Only visitors over the age of 18 may visit the inpatient
pediatric or neonatal areas. Limited visits from younger siblings
for special circumstances may be arranged in advance. Talk to your
child's nurse to arrange a special visit.
• No more than two visitors per patient should be in the rooms at
• All visitors should be healthy. No family members, friends,
volunteers, vendors, clergy, students, or contractors with flu-like
symptoms will be permitted in the patient rooms. Flu-like symptoms
include fever, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, or upset stomach.
• If there is a chance that you could be coming down with
something, please don't visit until you are certain you are well
• In general, only children receiving treatment should be brought
to MUMC. Please try to find alternate care for siblings so that
they do not have to come to the hospital unnecessarily. This also
applies to our Day Surgery area and our Outpatient Center.
• Please wash your hands thoroughly or use hand sanitizer when
entering and exiting a patient's room or any other areas around the
We appreciate your support as we take these additional steps to
protect our youngest patients. If you have specific questions about
our restricted visiting policy, please call 912-350-8200.
Memorial University Medical Center is a two-state healthcare
organization serving a 35-county area in southeast Georgia and
southern South Carolina. The system includes its flagship hospital,
a 530-bed academic medical center; Memorial primary
and specialty care physician networks; a major medical
education program; business and
industry services; and NurseOne,
a 24-hour call center.