The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday named Kaiser Oakland Medical Center and UC San Francisco Medical Center among 35 hospitals nationwide as designated Ebola treatment centers.
It also named two other California hospitals: Kaiser South Sacramento Medical Center and UC Davis Medical Center.
The designation makes eight California hospital beds available for Ebola treatment, said Dr. Ron Chapman, California Department of Public Health director.
Each hospital with an Ebola treatment center has been given an on-site assessment by a CDC Rapid Ebola Preparedness team, which is staffed with experts in Ebola care, including staff training, infection control, personal protective equipment use and handing of medical waste, the CDC said.
The CDC team and CDPH will assess more California hospitals for Ebola readiness, Chapman said. This first week of December, the CDC team and CDPH will visit Kaiser Los Angeles as well as the other University of California medical centers in Los Angeles, Irvine and San Diego, which were designated in October by state health officials as priority hospitals to treat Ebola, he added.
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