Stephens Memorial Hospital Proactive in Preparedness for Infectious Disease
Although the risk of a patient presenting to Stephens Memorial Hospital with the Ebola virus is low, staff at Stephens Memorial Hospital have been working diligently to monitor and test their preparedness.
Timothy A. Churchill, President and CEO of Western Maine Health states, “Stephens Memorial Hospital is fortunate to have the level of expertise and resources available to us not only through our physicians, nursing, infection prevention and EMS staff, but also through Maine Medical Center, MaineHealth and the state Centers for Disease Control & prevention (CDC). Teams comprising of senior leadership, physicians, infection prevention, EMS and clinical leaders have been meeting since July to prepare for the unlikely event that a patient presents to Stephens Memorial Hospital with the Ebola virus. Ongoing educational sessions continue to be conducted with staff including general Ebola education, employee forums, sessions to define roles and responsibilities, and drills on how to put on and take off personal protective equipment.”
The Ebola virus is transmitted through direct physical contact with the blood or body fluids of an infected symptomatic person or objects that have been contaminated with infected blood or body fluids. For more information on the Ebola virus, visit the (CDC) website at: www.cdc.gov