PeaceHealths Oregon employees, including nurses, will be the first to participate in a series of three-day bio-preparedness trainings offered in 2015 by Corvallis-based Samaritan
Samaritan will train at least 60 PeaceHealth employees and first responders, according to a
The comprehensive training is taking place at Samaritans Health Careers and Training Center. The center is adjacent to Samaritan Lebanon (Ore.) Community Hospital, which is Samaritans designated receiving center for patients suspected of having highly infectious diseases such as Ebola.
John Hill, PeaceHealth Oregons CEO, said the agreement represents an exciting advancement in infectious disease training and regional readiness, according to the release.
This is the kind of collaboration among healthcare systems that raises the bar on our collective ability to extend care to all who need us in the communities we serve, Hill said in the release.
Samaritan is among six organizations identified by the Oregon Health Authority as Level 2 facilities capable of serving as receiving sites for Ebola patients. The agreement with PeaceHealth establishes Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital as the site of care for any patient who presents within the six counties served by SHS and PeaceHealth with symptoms of Ebola requiring quarantine or isolation as those terms are defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Although the most recent attention has been given to Ebola, previous outbreaks of infectious disease such as the H1N1 flu have caused us to make sure our employees know what to do when we see these patients in our clinics or emergency departments, Samaritan President/CEO Larry Mullins said in
Samaritan developed the training in conjunction with its infection disease physician specialists, emergency preparedness staff, health educators and other clinical specialists, according to Mullins. Topics to be covered include disease identification and transmission, treatment protocols and procedures, coordination with public health organizations, use of personal protective equipment, and handling and disposal of infectious waste. Participants also will engage in a half-day drill that provides a potential real-life scenario and allows individuals to practice what they have learned.