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Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center Agrees to Be Ebola Referral Hospital
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Publish Date:
October 22, 2014

Concord, NH – Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, New Hampshire, has expressed willingness to accept patients with Ebola infection from other New Hampshire hospitals who require ongoing care and treatment. In some cases ongoing care may be managed at DHMC, while in others, referral to a designated national center may be the plan. The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Division of Public Health Services (DPHS), in coordination with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will help to identify the optimal location of care.

While all hospitals in the State are capable of initially identifying and appropriately isolating any patient presenting with signs and symptoms of Ebola infection who also have a consistent travel history (to Liberia, Sierra Leone, or Guinea), we do not expect all hospitals to have the same capabilities in managing a patient with Ebola and the possible complications. DPHS has been in conversation with hospital leadership around the State and will continue working with all hospitals. Any suspect or identified Ebola patient will be closely managed in coordination with DPHS. DHHS continues to work closely with the medical community to ensure the State is prepared for the possibility of a patient with Ebola presenting to a New Hampshire healthcare facility.

There are currently no suspect Ebola patients in New Hampshire and there have been no patients in the United States identified outside of Dallas, Texas, after a man travelling from Liberia developed Ebola and transmitted the infection to two healthcare workers caring for him.

"We are grateful that Dartmouth Hitchcock has stepped forward and agreed to be the referral hospital for New Hampshire," said Dr. José Montero, Director of Public Health at DHHS. "As we learn more about this outbreak and this virus it makes sense to adapt our plans and procedures to better serve Granite Staters and focusing advanced preparations on one hospital is one way to do this."

American Medical Response Ambulance (AMR) and Dartmouth Hitchcock Advanced Response Team (DHART) have also agreed to provide ground transport for any Ebola patients identified in New Hampshire from the hospital or healthcare facility they arrive at to DHMC. DPHS continues to work closely with our public health partners and the healthcare providers in the State to ensure preparedness. We are providing training webinars for healthcare providers and hospitals, assisting healthcare providers with their preparedness efforts, assessing the resources in the State, and creating and posting materials to the DHHS website at http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dphs/cdcs/ebola/index.htm.

For further information on Ebola, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at www.cdc.gov or the World Health Organization at www.who.int.

 
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