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Providence Alaska Medical Center receives funding for infectious disease response

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$180,000 grant provides resources for training, hospital preparedness exercises

ANCHORAGE, AK — The Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response has awarded Providence Alaska Medical Center approximately $180,000 to be used for infectious disease training and hospital preparedness exercises. 

The funding, provided via the Hospital Preparedness Program, is to ensure Providence and other health care facilities in the United States are prepared to respond to patients with infectious disease symptoms, including Ebola. According to Hospital Preparedness Program guidance, hospitals should be able to safely and successfully identify, isolate, assess, transport and treat patients with Ebola or patients under investigation for Ebola and be well prepared for a future Ebola outbreak. 

“This grant allows us to continue providing training to our caregivers and will enhance Providence Alaska Medical Center’s preparedness to care for patients with symptoms of Ebola and other highly pathogenic diseases,” said Richard Mandsager, M.D., chief executive, Providence Alaska Medical Center. “Being prepared to diagnose and treat these patients is critical to the health and safety of our community and the clinicians who provide care.” 

As part of the grant guidelines, the hospital must complete an annual training exercise each year through 2020. Additionally, Providence must be able to identify, diagnose and treat a patient with suspected Ebola until they can be transferred to a facility that can provide a higher level of care. 

For more information about the grant, visit the HPP website

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About Providence Alaska Medical Center
Providence Alaska Medical Center, a nationally recognized trauma center, is part of Providence Health & Services, a not-for-profit network of hospitals, care centers, health plans, physicians, clinics, home health services, affiliated services and educational facilities. For more information about PAMC, visit: alaska.providence.org​.