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Statement on Announcement of Ebola Treatment Centers
President and CEO
American Hospital Association
December 2, 2014
America’s hospitals are investing enormous time and resources to enhance our country’s readiness for the new and real threat of Ebola. Today’s identification of 35 hospitals that have stepped up to be CDC-recognized Ebola Treatment Centers is critical to protecting the health of our nation. In addition, even more hospitals are currently undergoing the intensive preparation needed to care for and treat patients with Ebola. They are working through the process together with the CDC and their state and local public health departments to achieve this status and build the specialized capacity to treat Ebola patients.
We commend President Obama’s request for additional funding to fight Ebola both at home and abroad. Unfortunately, the President’s request for emergency funding for hospitals falls far short of what is needed to protect our patients and communities. That’s why the American Hospital Association is calling on Congress to approve at least $500 million in funds to help hospitals better prepare to win the battle against Ebola.
Every hospital needs to be able to detect, isolate and protect patients and caregivers. Hospitals take this public health threat very seriously and are working tirelessly. The AHA stands ready to work with the President and Congress to enhance the safety of every patient, health care worker and community in America.