Preparing for Ebola in the Rochester Area
The New York State Department of Health named Strong Memorial Hospital as one of 10 regional referral centers in the state that will provide care, if necessary, for patients with the Ebola virus.
There are currently no patients with Ebola in the Rochester area.
Our team of senior administrative and clinical leaders has been working since August to ensure our preparedness should the need arise. Our top priority has been to ensure the safety of our patients and staff.
An isolation unit in the hospital has been designated that will allow us to care for the patient in an area that is physically separated from other patients, visitors, and staff.
Training is underway for a team of “first responders” who would provide care for the patient—experts from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) would also assist on site.
Communication is a top priority.
If Strong is asked to care for a patient with Ebola, we will inform staff, patients, and the Rochester community.
Looking for more information on Ebola and how to spot it? The CDC offers more information on ebola, as well as signs and symptoms of ebola to look for.