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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Gov. Andrew Cuomo
ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in an outline the State's plans for Ebola preparedness, designated eight hospitals statewide to treat potential patients with Ebola. None of those hospitals are in the eight counties typically referred to as Western New York.

The closest hospital for East Niagara residents would be the University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester. Any patient from the area who displayed signs of Ebola at a local hospital would immediately be referred there.

In addition to the University of Rochester Medical Center, the state plan calls for seven other hospitals to handle all patients diagnosed with Ebola — five of which are in New York City — with plans to designate additional hospitals going forward. The following hospitals have agreed to the designation and are creating isolation units to accept patients:

  • Mt. Sinai in Manhattan
  • New York Presbyterian in Manhattan
  • Bellevue in Manhattan
  • Montefiore in the Bronx
  • North Shore/LIJ Health System in Nassau County
  • Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse
  • University of Rochester Medical Center in Rochester
  • Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island

More information about Ebola – including answers to common questions and links to other resources on the disease – is available on the Department of Health website.

State Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said, "Every hospital and health care provider in New York State must be prepared for a patient with Ebola to come to them. New York State is sharing guidance and working on training and practice drills and helping health care providers assess their readiness to ensure that all health care professionals know the guidelines and protocols so that we can provide the best possible care for patients while protecting the people who provide that care."

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