UMMC, state health department to establish Ebola treatment center

UMMC is one of nine regional centers chosen to care for patients with Ebola or other highly infectious diseases 

Jessie Bekker

The Minnesota Department of Health will work with the University of Minnesota Medical Center over the next five years to establish an Ebola treatment center within the hospital, according to a statement.

UMMC is one of nine regional centers chosen to care for patients with Ebola or other highly infectious diseases, the statement said. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana will fall under the jurisdiction of the hospital.

The designation, combined with about $3.25 million in grant money, will allow UMMC to modify its current containment unit to eventually fit four patients, a new air ventilation system and laboratory and ongoing staff training.

The hospital will also care for patients outside of their regional jurisdiction as needed.

The state’s three additional treatment centers will continue to handle patients with highly infectious diseases.