HHS chooses regional centers to be special pathogen treatment sites

HHS has chosen nine regional special pathogen treatment centers. | Courtesy of

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said Friday it has chosen nine health departments and associated partner hospitals as special regional treatment centers in order to improve the nation’s response capabilities to infectious diseases, such as Ebola.

The HHS Office of Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) has granted approximately $20 million to improve these regional treatment centers. The funds from the Hospital Preparedness Program are meant to make the hospitals better able to provide care for people with Ebola or similar highly infectious diseases. ASPR has announced that it is offering an additional $9 million to the chosen hospitals during future years in order to maintain the centers’ readiness.

Each of the recipients will receive $3.25 million spread through the five years of the project period. The funds are part of $339.5 million that Congress allocated to emergency funding to improve local and state public health and health care system preparedness in response to Ebola cases within the U.S.

“This approach recognizes that being ready to treat severe, highly infectious diseases, including Ebola, is vital to our nation’s health security,” HHS Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Nicole Lurie said. “This added regional capability increases our domestic preparedness posture to protect the public’s health.”

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