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U.S. Names 35 Ebola-Certified Hospitals

Federal health officials have certified 35 U.S. hospitals for treating Ebola patients, in case any more come to the U.S.

The hospitals have the facilities and, more important, the staff, to handle the 24-hour care in intense isolation that’s needed to treat someone with Ebola. They also have the wherewithal to get rid of all the waste, which must be decontaminated before disposal.

They’re all also willing to handle the stigma some people still associate with Ebola, and all are within close reach of the five airports travelers from Ebola-affected regions must use, in New York, Washington, D.C, and Chicago.

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They include the three hospitals with special biocontainment units where most of the Ebola patients have been treated, but also ordinary hospitals such as Bellevue in New York, where Ebola patient Dr. Craig Spencer was treated. They’ve been vetted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Experts say so long as Ebola is spreading in West Africa, patients could carry it around the world.

  • Kaiser Oakland Medical Center in California
  • Kaiser South Sacramento Medical Center in Sacramento
  • University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento
  • University of California San Francisco Medical Center
  • Emory University Hospital in Atlanta
  • Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago
  • Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago
  • Rush University Medical Center in Chicago
  • University of Chicago Medical Center
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore
  • University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore
  • National Institutes of Health Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland
  • Allina Health’s Unity Hospital in Fridley, Minnesota
  • Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota in St. Paul
  • Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota Medical Center
  • Nebraska Medicine in Omaha
  • North Shore System LIJ/Glen Cove Hospital in Glen Cove, New York
  • Montefiore Health System in New York City
  • New York-Presbyterian/Allen Hospital
  • Bellevue Hospital Center in New York
  • Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey
  • The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York
  • Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in Texas
  • Methodist Hospital System/Parkland Hospital System and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Richardson, Texas
  • University of Virginia Medical Center
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center
  • Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
  • Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee
  • University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison
  • MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington, DC
  • Children's National Medical Center in Washington, DC
  • George Washington University Hospital in Washington, DC

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-- Maggie Fox