UMMC named regional treatment center for Ebola

University of Minnesota Medical Center (UMMC) was named a regional treatment center for patients with Ebola or other severe, highly infectious diseases under a five-year, $3.25 million federal grant awarded to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). MDH and UMMC were among nine health departments and their partner hospitals selected in June by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to become regional Ebola centers. UMMC will serve Region Five: Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana. The centers will accept patients from their regions if local facilities are unable to provide sufficient care.

In every state, local hospitals will still be prepared to treat Ebola patients, but without the regional designation. In Minnesota, the other three Ebola treatment centers are Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Unity Hospital in Fridley, and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in St. Paul.

UMMC’s regional designation means that it will be equipped to receive patients within eight hours of notification and have the capacity, including beds and staff, to treat at least two —and eventually, four — Ebola patients at one time.

Published on October 19, 2015