We understand the heightened concern around the Ebola virus in the U.S. and wish to assure the people of Siouxland that Mercy Medical Center is committed to the health of our community. While there have been no suspected cases yet reported in Iowa, we have a responsibility to be prepared if such cases do occur. It is out of an abundance of caution that we take the necessary actions to keep our patients, colleagues and medical staff safe from the spread of this disease.
We are prepared to respond to the Ebola virus with the highest standards of care, safety, compassion and professionalism. We have a tremendous network of resources as part of the national Trinity Health system and are following guidelines of the state health department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
We will continue to diligently monitor the situation and work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, other public health agencies and other health systems to share information and rapidly implement evolving treatments and guidelines to protect our colleagues and the people we serve.
For more information on Ebola please go to the CDC website: http://www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola/