MetroHealth System designated as Ebola Treatment Center

MetroHealth System designated as Ebola Treatment Center

The MetroHealth System has been designated as an Ebola Treatment Center by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC.) MetroHealth is the only designated Ebola Treatment Center in Ohio, joining 48 others in the nation.

The designation recognizes that MetroHealth is prepared to provide comprehensive care to patients with an Ebola diagnosis. It was chosen because of its facility configuration and readiness, staff training and overall medical expertise when caring for an infectious disease patient.

Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals have signed an agreement of understanding with MetroHealth to form a regional coalition for Ebola response. The hospitals will work closely together to protect the community and meet the needs of Ebola patients to provide optimal care when the need arises.

State and federal officials visited MetroHealth in October 2014 to assess its staff, equipment, facilities, waste management, laboratory and training procedures.

"When the Ebola scare occurred last fall, we actively worked to train our staff and educate the public," said Jennifer Hanrahan, DO, chair of the Infection Control Committee at MetroHealth. "This designation recognizes that we have the expertise and readiness needed to care for an Ebola patient."

"I'd like to thank our local hospital partners and public health departments for working together and focusing on what's best for our community," said Akram Boutros, MD, president and CEO of MetroHealth. "This type of collaborative effort, which started last fall during the initial Ebola scare, will help keep the community healthy and safe."

No new cases of Ebola have been reported in the United States since late October, but the disease is still widespread in West Africa. MetroHealth will continue to train staff and conduct exercises to ensure it is ready to respond if needed.

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