At 12:20 Wednesday afternoon, University of Nebraska Medical Center Chancellor Jeffrey Gold and Nebraska Medicine – Nebraska Medical Center medical director of the Biocontainment Unit Dr. Phil Smith will be participating in an event in the White House in recognition of their response to the Ebola crisis.
President Barack Obama will attend and speak at the event and outline the U.S. government’s work and response to the outbreak.
“We are deeply grateful to receive this invitation from the White House. It is a testament to the work of our entire Biocontainment Unit team at UNMC and Nebraska Medicine,” Dr. Gold said. “Federal officials recognize the expertise we have shown not only in treating patients with this disease, but also in our internationally recognized education of other health care providers in the safe and effective treatment of Ebola and other highly infectious diseases.”
“Once again, I am humbled and excited to represent UNMC and Nebraska Medicine – and specifically, our Biocontainment Unit team – as dialogue continues about how we can best address the need to treat patients who are afflicted with deadly diseases,” Dr. Smith said. “I’m pleased that we have established and shared the gold standard for Ebola treatment. I’m hopeful that the research opportunities and worldwide partnerships that have arisen from this crisis truly will make a difference in discovering and sharing better treatments and treatment protocols around the world.”