More than 130 health care professionals from 25 states were at the University of Nebraska Medical center and Nebraska Medicine in Omaha on Tuesday to attend a training class on how to care for patients infected with special pathogens, like Ebola.
Back in 2015, UNMC/Nebraska Medicine worked with two other medical centers to establish and co-lead the nation’s National Ebola Training and Education Center. In 2014, the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit treated four patients with Ebola making UNMC and Nebraska Medicine leaders in the field.
Dr. Robert Kadlec is the assistant secretary for preparedness and response for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and visited the campus to get a first hand look at the medical center’s program.
Dr. Kadlec says, “What’s amazing about the University of Nebraska Medical Center is again they saw the future and built a capability on their own. They Didn’t ask for federal funding, the recognized what kind of like in the “Field of Dreams”. If you build it they will come and they were right. You could see in the eyes of the physicians and nurses who I spoke to that treating people, particularly with a dire disease that is expect to have a high mortality, that they did so with great compassion and care. That they gave it their all. Particularly if you remember how scary the circumstances was, when others were running away, they were running to basically to offer help.”
In 2016, UNMC/Nebraska Medicine was awarded $19.3 million by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to create the Training, Simulation and Quarantine Center which will be run by the UNMC Global Center for Health Security. UNMC will train federal health care personnel in procedures in deal in with highly infectious diseases. The new center will be located on the first floor of the new building under construction at 42nd and Emile Street. It is expected to open in 2019.