Published on July 15, 2016

QC HOSPITALS AREN'T APPROPRIATE FOR "POKEMON GO'' PLAYERS

As gamers across the Quad Cities try to “catch ‘em all,” UnityPoint Health Trinity and Genesis Health System are encouraging players of the wildly popular mobile game “Pokemon Go” to play in safe locations and away from medical care facilities.

“We know that ‘Pokemon Go’ players young and old are going to enjoy the game in places like city parks and their local neighborhoods but for the safety and privacy of our hospital guests and staff, we are encouraging them not to search for any Pokemon on hospital property or inside our facilities,” said Trent Mull, UPH Trinity’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator.

“Pokemon Go” is a new game for mobile phones and devices that challenges players to find virtual Pokemon characters in the real world.  The smartphone app uses a phone’s GPS and camera to make it appear that the characters are actually near the players.  Pokemon can appear anywhere and players then go to different locations to “catch” and collect them.

"Genesis is pleased that Pokemon GO enthusiasts are out getting exercise in public areas but we request that for the healing, privacy and safety of our patients, players do not enter our hospitals, clinics or offices to play the game. Security and office staffs will ask players to leave,'' said Craig Cooper, spokesman, Genesis Health System.

“There is an exercise component involved with the game as players walk to and from different locations to catch the Pokemon.  From a health standpoint, we think that’s great,” said Mull.  “We just want everyone playing the game to be safe at all times and keep the safety of others in mind, as well.”

 

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Brian Boesen, UnityPoint Health – Trinity  (309) 779-2981 or (309) 373-3839

Craig Cooper, Genesis Health System (563) 421-9263 or (563) 349-2070

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