By Jack Lynch, FACHE, President & CEO (sent to MLH Medical Staff on October 17, 2014)
As you know, we are learning more information each day about the first three Ebola cases diagnosed in the United States. Our employees, medical staff and volunteers make MLH a superior place to give and receive care and your safety, as well as the safety of our patients and visitors, remains paramount.
MLH has established a cross-campus, multidisciplinary Ebola Workgroup comprised of representatives from Emergency Management, Infection Control, Medical Staff, Nursing, Infectious Diseases, and Administration. We are continually updating our MLH Emergency Operations Plan and we are committed to regularly providing updates on our latest knowledge and preparedness efforts with the entire MLH community.
All our hospitals are prepared to implement appropriate infection prevention protocols when treating patients at risk for Ebola. MLH is committed to investing in maximum Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the protection of all staff involved in the care of an Ebola patient. Refresher training on how to use this equipment is underway in the appropriate areas of our hospitals.
If we are directed by state and federal authorities to admit an Ebola patient, MLH administrative and clinical leadership agree that the safest approach is to have one hospital care for any confirmed Ebola cases that present within our System. Lankenau has been chosen as this hospital. If a patient tests positive for Ebola at one of our campuses, Riddle EMS has been specially trained to transport these patients from anywhere in the System to Lankenau. The staff that would be caring for these patients is aware of this plan, and we will take every measure to ensure the safety of these employees and physicians as well as all patients and visitors.
Below are links to several documents to help all employees understand the logistics involved in our Ebola preparedness efforts:
- Our Ebola Emergency Operations Plan — this an evolving document (MLH network login may be required)
- An FAQ on Ebola and MLH’s preparedness efforts (MLH network login may be required)
The FAQ and Screening tool documents are also attached to this email so that you can read from home. These are evolving and confidential documents and should not be shared outside the organization.
Please check the MLH Ebola Preparedness Intranet page for daily updates. (MLH network login may be required)
Thank you for your support of MLH’s mission to provide a superior and safe experience for the entire MLH community.