CERN receives Illinois delegation backing as regional Ebola treatment center

Rush University Medical Center, a part of the Chicago Ebola Response Network.
Rush University Medical Center, a part of the Chicago Ebola Response Network. | Courtesy of Rush University

All U.S. senators and representatives representing Illinois have offered their support for the Chicago Ebola Response Network (CERN) to be designated as a regional Ebola treatment entity, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) announced Tuesday.

The CERN consists of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Rush University Medical Center, the University of Chicago Medical Center and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

“Throughout the Ebola virus outbreak, CERN demonstrated its unique capacity to meet the demands of an EVD treatment facility, and it has pledged to treat any future patients, including foreign and domestic travelers,” delegates said in a joint statement. “Ebola was not the first virus to come through Chicago, and it will not be the last. Given its centrality and unique population base, it is imperative that Chicago maintain capabilities to screen, diagnose, treat, and prevent these conditions and participate in real-time with other centers in the national network. Our providers believe that this designation will enable them to do just that.”

The delegation sent a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, noting the collaborative nature of the four hospitals in the network. According to the letter, the facilities associated with CERN follow the public health model the department is currently facilitating.

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