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Providence St Patrick Hospital Provides Specially Equipped Care and Isolation Unit

September 29, 2014

Providence St. Patrick Hospital was provided funding by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to construct a specially equipped biocontainment wing, called the Care and Isolation Unit (CIU), to observe and treat patients who have been exposed to certain serious infectious disease agents.

The CIU is physically separate from other patient areas and has equipment and infrastructure that provides an extraordinarily high level of clinical isolation compared to standard hospital rooms.

St. Patrick Hospital physicians, nurses and staff are highly trained in the specific and unique protocols and procedures necessary to treat and care for this type of patient. They train regularly with NIH staff and with employees of Rocky Mountain Laboratories in nearby Hamilton, Montana. However, any U.S. hospital that follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) infection control recommendations and isolates a patient in a private room‎ can safely manage a patient.

There are no immediate plans to send any patients to St. Pat’s who have the Ebola virus, nor has the hospital treated any patients who have had the Ebola virus. However, we are prepared to admit a patient with Ebola virus infection to the CIU if the need arises.

It is important to remember that Ebola virus only spreads through direct physical contact with infected body fluids or through droplets (View the CDC page on how the virus spreads).

Media contacts:

Stacy Rogge, 404-329-2910, Stacy.rogge@providence.org
JoAnn Hoven, 404-241-2919, JoAnn.hoven@providence.org