The University of Nebraska Medical Center and Nebraska Medicine is celebrating the 10th anniversary of their Biocontainment Unit. Over the past six months, the unit treated three patients with Ebola, including Dr. Rick Sacra. He attended the today’s events in Omaha.
Dr. Sacra says, “I would like to thank the state of Nebraska, the leadership of Nebraska Medicine and the Biocontainment Unit leadership and all the doctors and nurses who cared for me. The kind of foresight, planning and dedication and political will you showed over the last decade is a rare thing. You saved my life. I will never forget you.”
Dr. Rick Sacra was the first individual to be treated at the unit. He contracted Ebola last September and remained hospitalized for several weeks. In the past six months the unit treated three patients and monitored six others for the Ebola virus.
Unit staff also provided Ebola training to more than 30 of the top hospitals and academic medical centers in the country, developed online courses and webinars, hosted symposiums and participated in a research study for an experimental drug.
Unit team members were also recognized for their dedication today.