At San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, emergency preparedness always takes high priority. With the current Ebola epidemic, San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital (SGMH), along with other California hospitals, continue to take extra measures to prepare staff in the screening, evaluating, and managing a suspected Ebola patient.
SGMH recently held an Ebola patient drill, where members of the Riverside County Department of Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response branch teamed with SGMH staff to test response plans and heighten awareness in screening patients who might have been exposed to Ebola. SGMH also held a mandatory Safety Fair for all Associates, as well as a Nursing Skills lab, to educate Associates in the use of proper personal protective equipment. SGMH will continue further one-on-one Associate education as updates and current guidelines change.
The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) expects all California hospitals to be prepared to screen, evaluate, and manage potential Ebola patients. SGMH strictly adheres to guidelines set forth by the CDPH, as well as the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).
As part of SGMH’s continued commitment to the community, key preparedness and infection control staff have been sharing Ebola information from the County Health Department, CDPH and CDC with local response partners.
At this time, there have been no confirmed Ebola cases in California. In the event that an Ebola patient appears in California, the California Hospital Association (CHA) has confirmed that five UC Hospitals have been designated to accept and treat those patients. Those five hospitals are level-one trauma centers geographically distributed and capable of successfully treating Ebola patients.
While SGMH’s training has prepared staff in the proper screening, evaluation and management of suspected Ebola patients, working closely with the local Public Health Department is crucial. The local Public Health Department will help facilitate the management of a potential Ebola patient, and prepare them for transfer to the designated UC Hospitals.
According to the CDC, Ebola is spread through direct contact with bodily fluids of a person who is sick with Ebola, or objects that have become contaminated. The symptoms of Ebola include fever of 100.4°F or above, severe headache, muscle pain, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain, and unexplained hemorrhage, with a history of travel or exposure to someone who recently traveled to the affected areas in West Africa with known outbreaks of Ebola.
At San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital, our mission is to provide safe, high quality, personalized healthcare services. A 71-bed facility located in the San Gorgonio Pass, we were established in 1951 as a living memorial to our country’s World War I and II Veterans. Now in our 63rd year, San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital provides excellent care for our community as we continue to grow along with the Pass region.
San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital is supported in part by the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising funds for the Hospital, and by the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, the Hospital’s volunteer organization. The Auxiliary runs the San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop, at 3453 West Ramsey Street in Banning.
San Gorgonio Memorial Hospital is located at 600 North Highland Springs Avenue in Banning. For more information about the hospital and its services, call 951-845-1121 or visit http://www.sgmh.org.