Long Island Business News
December 5, 2014
Feds Designate Glen Cove Hospital for Ebola Treatment
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has designated Glen Cove Hospital– part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System – as one of 35 Ebola treatment centers nationwide.
Five hospitals in the New York area – just one on Long Island – were selected to play host to resources need to care for potential Ebola patients.
North Shore-LIJ spokesman Terry Lynam said the system has spent more than $2 million to prepare a two-room isolation unit at Glen Cove.
“It is our hope that we can get some reimbursement from state or feds, but we don’t know how much,” he said.
The unit, equipped with its own point-of-care lab and entrance/exit, is in a separate area of the hospital, away from any other patients.
Dr. Mark Jarrett, the system’s senior vice president and chief quality officer, said the unit can care for patients with any type of serious, transmittable, infectious disease requiring intensive care.