Three members of America’s Essential Hospitals are among nine groups of health departments and hospital partners named regional treatment centers for patients with the Ebola Virus and other highly infectious diseases. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) selected the groups, and its Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) awarded $20 million to the groups to enhance their ability to care for patients. Over the next four years, ASPR will provide an additional $9 million to the centers to invest in maintaining readiness. Funding for the regional treatment centers is part of the $339.5 million in emergency funding appropriated by Congress to address infectious disease preparedness in response to the 2014 Ebola outbreak.
The following essential hospitals were included:
- New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation’s Bellevue Hospital Center with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston with the Texas Department of State Health Services
- Denver Health Medical Center with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
These regional treatment centers are part of a national network of 55 Ebola treatment centers, but will have enhanced capabilities to treat patients with confirmed Ebola or other highly infectious diseases.
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