Saturday September 23rd 2017

HHS selects regional Ebola treatment center for southwestern U.S.

Putting in place the final piece of a regional network to treat patients infected with severe, highly infectious diseases, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services selected a health department and associated partner hospital to serve the region covering Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada and the Pacific island territories and freely associated states. Including this selection, there now is a regional Ebola and other special pathogen treatment center designated for each of HHS’s 10 regions nationwide.

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

The California Department of Public Health, in partnership with Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, has been selected as the regional treatment center covering the final region.

“With all of the regional facilities in place, our nation’s health care infrastructure will be better prepared for future outbreaks of Ebola and other special pathogens, especially those requiring a high level of biocontainment and specialized infection control,” said Nicole Lurie, HHS assistant secretary for preparedness and response. “This regional network of facilities capable of treating severe, highly infectious diseases is vital to better ensuring our nation’s health security.”

The awardee will receive approximately $3.25 million through fiscal year 2019 to enhance and sustain the regional treatment center’s capabilities to care for patients with Ebola or other highly infectious diseases. As a regional Ebola and other special pathogen treatment center, the facility continually will be ready and available to care for a patient with Ebola or another severe, highly infectious disease, whether the patient is transported from in or outside the United States.

In addition, the facility must be able to accept patients within eight hours of being notified; have the capacity to treat at least two patients simultaneously; and have respiratory infectious disease isolation capacity or negative pressure rooms for at least 10 patients, among other requirements.

To learn more about the department’s efforts to protect against Ebola, go to www.cdc.gov/Ebola, and for more information on the department’s emergency preparedness and response efforts for all hazards, see www.phe.gov.  n

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