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Alice T. Miner Center for Women & Children Alters Visitation Policy

An increase in the incidence of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), has prompted a change in the visitation guidelines for The Alice T. Miner Center for Women and Children (CWC) at CVPH.

Effective Monday, February 10 and until May 9 no children under the age of 16 are permitted to visit in either the Maternal Newborn Unit or Pediatrics. As an added precaution, only two adults, in addition to Mom’s significant other and labor coach, are permitted in a patient/labor room at a time. The Center’s Visitors’ Lounge, located on 3M provides a comfortable place for friends and family to wait their turn.

Beginning May 9 siblings of the newborn, regardless of age will be welcome to visit Mom, baby or a loved one in the Center for Women and Children.  “Our goal in temporarily altering our visiting policy is to protect newborns and children who already ill during this increase in RSV,” explained Maria Hayes, Director of the Alice T. Miner Center for Women and Children.

RSV is a respiratory infection that affects the lungs and breathing passages. It can be a potentially serious infection to infants under 6-months of age with the following risk factors: prematurity, no access to breast milk, second or third hand tobacco exposure and immunodeficiency. In older children RSV may produce symptoms of a common cold such as a stuffy nose, sore throat, mild headache and fever. It is highly contagious and spreads rapidly through schools and daycares. RSV usually appears in early winter and spring.

From October 1, 2013 until January 16, 2014, there have been 26 confirmed (at CVPH) cases of RSV. In the same timeframe last year (October 1, 2012 – January 16, 2013) there were just 5.

Through this website  CVPH offers a patient email service. Emails to patients on CWC will be hand delivered by volunteers. Phone service is also offered to patients free of charge.

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