CHI Memorial leaders are asking the public to avoid the facility while playing Pokémon Go.

“Patient safety and privacy are our top priorities,” Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing OfficerRhonda Poulson said in a prepared statement “This game can cause unwanted distraction to thoseproviding and receiving medical care in our hospitals and medical facilities.”

Pokémon Go is an augmented reality game, which means the player sees a computer-generated image of their real-world surroundings.

It’s unclear if CHI Memorial is a Pokéstop or gym, but officials did say they’ve reached out through the Pokémon website in an effort to be removed from the game.


“To ensurewe are providing the top-level care our patients expect and deserve, and to reduce therisk of exposure to illness and infection due to the possibility of game players enteringsterile areas, we’re asking to be removed as a game location, and that our associatesand guests turn the application off while on our campuses,”Poulson also said.

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CHI Memorial is a not-for-profit, faith-based health care organization dedicated to the healing ministry ofthe church, according to a news release.