MetroHealth designated as Ebola treatment center

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The MetroHealth System has been designated as an Ebola treatment center by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

According to a release from MetroHealth, it’s the only designated Ebola treatment center in the state of Ohio, and only one of 48 in the nation.

According to the release, MetroHealth was chosen because of its facility configuration and readiness, staff training and overall medical expertise.

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.”

Nurse Amber Vinson was diagnosed with Ebola just days after visiting Northeast Ohio in October. At one point, 164 people were being monitored after having come into contact with her.

Vinson is now Ebola-free.

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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