Methodist Health System's Statement Regarding Ebola in Dallas

October 21, 2014

Methodist Health System Involvement with North Texas Ebola Response Plan

facts about ebolaMethodist 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.

October 17, 2014

As the Ebola virus disease (EVD) situation continues to unfold, the thoughts and prayers of Methodist Health System employees are with the affected patients and their families and the physicians and staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Methodist Health System has been working collaboratively with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dallas County Health and Human Services, Tarrant County Public Health, and State of Texas Department of Health Services in monitoring the situation to make sure we are optimizing employee and patient safety. Our Infectious Disease Management Action Plan serves as the foundation for our hospitals as we incorporate guidance from the federal and state health agencies leading the EVD response plan.

Physicians, nurses, and staff at Methodist follow comprehensive safety guidelines set forth by federal and state health agencies and our hospitals have performed drills to ensure timely, appropriate responses and rigorous compliance to CDC guidelines. Methodist continues to review CDC guidance and reinforce personal protective equipment (PPE) procedures and patient management protocols with staff.

Methodist is focused on safeguards to protect our patients and employees. We are steadfast in our commitment to support these federal and state health agencies in their leadership roles as we focus on saving and improving lives through quality compassionate care in a safe environment.

To learn more, visit cdc.gov/vhf/ebola

facts about ebolaOctober 1, 2014

Methodist Health System received confirmation on Tuesday, September 30 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) of a positive Ebola case in Dallas County, the first human case ever diagnosed in the United States.

The thoughts and prayers of the Methodist family are with the patient, the patient’s family, and with the physicians and staff at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas.

Methodist maintains a close relationship with the CDC, Dallas County Health and Human Services (DCHHS), and Tarrant County Public Health (TCPH) and will continue to work in conjunction with these and other local, state, and federal health agencies to maximize our combined efforts in safely addressing this public health concern. Methodist is also receiving input from the Mayo Clinic through its newly-formed collaborative relationship.

Physicians, nurses, and staff at Methodist follow comprehensive safety guidelines set forth by federal and state health agencies. These guidelines are tested and evaluated through frequent drills that are routinely conducted system wide. Methodist continuously reviews infection control protocols to ensure appropriate responses and rigorous compliance.

Methodist is confident in its abilities to treat and care for all patients in a manner that is safe, compassionate, and beneficial to their recovery. Methodist’s top priority is improving and saving lives of North Texans.

Listen to Dr. Edward Dominguez, infectious diseases specialist, discuss Ebola on KRLD's 'Today in Medicine.'