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Eatonton, GA - October 7, 2015 - In preparation for flu season and expected increased flu activity, Putnam General Hospital, Navicent Health Partner (PGH) has implemented visitation restrictions to protect its patients, visitors, hospital staff and the community. PGH is closely monitoring their visitor policy and on short notice may need to further restrict visitation policies.

Visitation restrictions are effective immediately and are expected to be in place until the conclusion of flu season in late March 2016. PGH is asking that visitors cooperate with the following guidelines:

• Visitors must be age 12 or older.
• Individuals with flu-like symptoms and those who have recently had the flu are encouraged to remain at home and stay away from public areas, especially those where people are in close proximity.
• Individuals with cold symptoms, or other immunocompromised health status, are encouraged not to visit the hospital for their own protection and that of seriously ill patients.

Administrators of PGH based the decision to restrict visitation on information from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the prevalence of influenza during this time of year. Alan Horton, PGH CEO said, "The flu virus can be extremely dangerous to people who are seriously ill or have compromised immune systems. In order to protect our patients, we are asking that members of the community follow the visitation restrictions implemented."

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Putnam General Hospital, Navicent Health Partner
Putnam General Hospital, Navicent Health Partner (PGH) has proudly provided community based healthcare to Putnam County and the surrounding lake country since 1968. Putnam General Hospital is a Joint Commission Accredited 25-bed Critical Access Hospital and offers a comprehensive range of services: acute and skilled care; a full range of outpatient diagnostic, rehabilitation and physical therapy services; occupational health care; outpatient and general, minimally invasive surgery; radiology services; and a state-of-the-art 24-hour emergency room. Putnam General Hospital, Navicent Health Partner has been recognized for achieving consistently high levels of patient safety and quality patient outcomes by the Georgia Hospital Association and other rating agencies named a Coverdell Champion Hospital for Stroke Prevention and Care by the Georgia Coverdell Acute Stroke Registry and received Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the Society Of Cardiovascular Patient Care. For more information, please visit www.putnamgeneral.com.