The University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine have been awarded $19.8 million by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to develop a national Training, Simulation and Quarantine Center to teach federal health care personnel procedures in treating highly infectious diseases and to create a place to monitor persons who have received a high-risk exposure to a highly infectious disease, such as Ebola.
[Photo: Artist’s rendition of the Global Center for Advanced Interprofessional Learning, which will house the new Training, Simulation and Quarantine Center]
UNMC applied for the competitive funding, which stipulated that only “U.S. hospitals that have safely and successfully cared for patients with Ebola, for the full duration of their illness” were eligible. UNMC’s primary clinical partner, Nebraska Medicine, treated patients with Ebola during 2014-2015 and received nationwide accolades for its success during the crisis.
UNMC will leverage its expertise, experience and institutional commitment – in partnership with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) – to fulfill a critical training need for U.S. government health care workers as well as create a unique purpose-built U.S. quarantine facility to serve the nation’s needs. The UNMC Training, Simulation and Quarantine Center (TSQC) will be a state-of-the-art training and simulation center and will include a dedicated quarantine center, co-located on campus with the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit.
Principal investigators on the project are Dr. Chris Kratochvil, associate vice chancellor for clinical research, Dr. John Lowe, director of research for the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, and Ms. Shelly Schwedhelm, executive director of emergency preparedness for Nebraska Medicine. Dr. Wael El Rayes is the program manager for training, simulation and quarantine activities and Dr. Sharon Medcalf is the director of training at the UNMC TSQC.
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