Season Flu Preparations Pay Off for GHS
OXFORD, NC (February 15, 2017) – Granville Health System (GHS) announced that it is prepared for the number of flu cases multiplying across North Carolina. Hospital officials said they are experiencing a sharp rise in the number of flu patients they are treating. The health system is ready to treat anyone who contracts the seasonal flu, and is working to limit its spread through education, increased awareness and infection control procedures already in place.
"First and foremost, we are asking everyone to remember to wash your hands and cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze," said Paula Lewis, RN, CIC, Director of Infection Control/Employee Health for Granville Health System. "We are also asking that anyone who may be sick or who has flu-like symptoms refrain from visiting patients or residents within the Health System.”
Granville Health System Chief Executive Officer L. Lee Isley said that Granville Health System was well prepared for these events by maintaining ongoing communication with the Public Health Department and receiving updates from the federal and state governments.
GHS has infection control policies, as well as specific policies for seasonal flu and the influx of infectious patients. In 2009, Granville Health System implemented a mandatory seasonal flu vaccine program for all GHS employees.
“We are encouraging the community to contact their primary care provider to make an appointment to be vaccinated if they haven’t already,” said Isley. “This active flu season certainly warrants precautionary measures.”
All Granville Health System facilities have free-standing hand sanitizing stations located near each entrance. Hospital officials ask that everyone visiting GHS locations use the stations when entering and exiting a building. It is especially important for all visitors to sanitize their hands before visiting or making contact with a patient. In addition, face masks will be made available for those who may be exhibiting flu-like symptoms.
“The hospital is experiencing a sharp rise in flu cases throughout Granville County and the surrounding areas,” said Jason Brand, MHA, M.Ed., Administrative Director of Emergency Medicine. "We are being vigilant in identifying flu cases right away as our first concern is to prevent contact between those showing flu symptoms and patients already admitted to the hospital,” he said.
About Granville Health System
For more than 97 years, Granville Health System has been delivering quality health care close to home. To meet the growing needs of its community, Granville Health System has expanded its services throughout Granville County, offering convenient access to medical care where its citizens work and live. GHS received a number of national awards, including the Hospital of Choice Award which named Granville Health System as one of the top 100 hospitals in the country four years running. GHS has also received the Community Value Index Five-Star Hospital Award, placing GHS in the top 20% of hospitals in the country in offering financial value to the communities served, while reinvesting back into facilities in order to provide for current and emerging health needs. Recently, Granville Health System was named one of the nation’s Top Performers on Key Quality Measures by The Joint Commission, the leading accreditor of health care organizations in America. The GHS main campus is located at 1010 College Street, Oxford, North Carolina. For more information about Granville Health System visit GHS online at www.ghsHospital.org.