SUMMIT, NJ - In response to media reports that a patient has presented with Ebola at Overlook Medical Center, the hospital -- through John Audett, MD, Chief Medical Officer -- issued the following statement:
Overlook Medical Center is prepared to treat any patient presenting with Ebola-like symptoms. I am confident in our capabilities to treat communicable diseases. Our healthcare providers are constantly being trained and prepared for these patients and we will protect our patients, visitors, volunteers, staff and communities.
In preparation for a potential EVD diagnosis at our hospital, we have been conducting emergency drills, specific training and following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) protocol with emergency preparedness teams and infection prevention. Atlantic Health System convened a system-wide response this summer to address those individuals who have traveled to one of the countries that have had cases of EVD and who present either with general concerns or who develop an illness and present for evaluation. We follow CDC recommendations, and continue to closely monitor this outbreak and remain vigilant in our response and preparedness. With the successful infection prevention measures in place, we are confident that disease transmission can be prevented."