Methodist Health System Involvement with North Texas Ebola Response Plan

Methodist Health System is proud to join with the Honorable Rick Perry, Governor of Texas, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Department of State Health Services (TDSHS), Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC), Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS), Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH), and North Texas health care providers in this unique collaborative effort to address a serious health care issue. Methodist’s support of this coalition is aligned with our mission: to improve and save lives though compassionate quality health care.

After thorough examination and consultation with the CDC and state and county health agencies, the collaboration has resulted in a joint effort to establish a specialized unit for the possible treatment and care of future Ebola patients at the Methodist Campus for Continuing Care. The facility was selected because it was easily adaptable for its new specialized purpose. It has a recently vacated intensive care unit and an emergency department — both essential assets in the treatment of infectious diseases.

How long the unit will be available for this purpose has not been determined, but the decision to assign the facility this temporary role was made to alleviate potential disruptions to regular operations at North Texas hospitals should a patient with Ebola require treatment. Our hope is that the facility will not be needed for this purpose, but until the current threat has passed, Methodist stands firmly committed with its coalition partners to meet the health care needs of the community it serves and to protect the health, safety, and welfare of patients, health care providers, and our fellow North Texans.