COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Midtown Medical Center in Columbus was named as a Tier 1 Treatment Hospital after meeting specific guidelines set by the Georgia Department of Public Health requirements, according to a press release.
The distinction of being a Tier 1 Treatment Hospital means that Midtown Medical Center is fully-equipped to safely and effectively care for the treatment of patients with a serious infectious disease such as the Ebola virus.
It is only one of four hospitals designated in the state of Georgia to have such a distinction. Two others are in Atlanta: Grady Memorial Hospital and Emory University Hospital. The name of the fourth hospital has not been released.
A Tier 1 designation followed months of preparation involving clinical and ancillary services across the hospital, according to Ryan Chandler, president of Midtown Medical Center. Laura Drew, senior vice president for Quality and Regulatory Compliance for Columbus Regional Health, leads the hospital's preparedness effort.
"We are proud to have met the rigorous state and federal guidelines for this designation," Chandler said. "We commend Laura Drew for her leadership and the physicians and employees who worked so hard to achieve this," he added.
The assessment process included a site visit by an interdisciplinary team of Centers for Disease Control (CDC) representatives, but ultimately the designation was made by state and local public health authorities, in collaboration with hospital officials. Assessment criteria focused on all aspects of caring for patients through the full disease process, including infection control, personal protective equipment use, and supplies and training.