In October 2014, HackensackUMC hosted a press conference with Governor Chris Christie and New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Mary O’Dowd, who designated HackensackUMC as a New Jersey Tier II Ebola-designated hospital.
Army Members On-site to Aid in Ebola Preparations: Going one step beyond in Ebola preparation efforts, HackensackUMC welcomed a team of three U.S. Army members who specialize in disaster management. They are from the 331st Medical Department Unit out of Miami, FL. They are all part of the Army North Homeland Security Vibrant Response Mission, which is a group of selected medical responders ready to deploy for emergency disaster management.
In early 2015, members from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and the Department of Health conducted a site visit at HackensackUMC to assess HackensackUMC’s state of readiness concerning the Ebola virus. It was a positive visit. They were impressed with our Emergency and Trauma Center setup, our emergency medical services response, and our training and staff engagement. The representative from the CDC felt we were prepared to be a treatment facility.
Putting all of our preparation efforts to the test, on Monday, January 19, a sick airline passenger who recently traveled to an Ebola-affected country was transferred to HackensackUMC from Newark Liberty International Airport. In an abundance of caution, the patient was kept overnight for further evaluation. Fortunately, the patient did not have Ebola and was released from the hospital. But HackensackUMC was exceptionally proud of our team – seamlessly applying their training to a real-world situation.