Toledo hospital will not become an Ebola treatment center

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TOLEDO, Ohio — The University of Toledo Medical Center will no longer consider pursuing a designation as another treatment center in Ohio for the Ebola virus.

The Blade newspaper reports that the decision leaves MetroHealth Medical Center in Cleveland as the state’s only Ebola treatment center.

Barbee Daniel, Toledo Medical Center’s vice president of clinical services, says in an email obtained by the Blade that the hospital will still train and drill to care for Ebola patients it could potentially receive.

Dr. Mary DiOrio of the Ohio Health Department says being designated a treatment or assessment center is “a significant investment” requiring drills and staff to handle patients with the contagious virus.

St. Rita’s Medical Center in Lima remains an Ebola assessment hospital, where patients would be kept until the virus is identified.

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