Spokane Hospital Designated a Special Pathogens Treatment Center
- Providence Health & Services
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Spokane, WA—Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children’s Hospital was designated by the US Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) in 2015 as one of 10 regional treatment centers in the country, serving Region X (Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska).
The unit is staffed, equipped and has the advanced capabilities, trained health care providers and resources to provide the most complex treatment necessary to care for patients with highly contagious diseases, while at the same time providing the necessary protection to health care workers, other patients and visitors to the hospitals.
Sacred Heart is among the country’s most renowned hospitals in providing this service. The country’s other enhanced treatment centers include:
- Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California
- Emory University Hospital & Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Georgia
- John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland
- Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts
- Minnesota Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Nebraska Medicine - Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska
- New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation/HHC Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City
- University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston in Galveston, Texas
- Denver Health Medical Center in Denver, Colorado
Designation by HHS as a treatment center requires continuous readiness and is an example of the existing expertise and dedication of Sacred Heart’s health care providers. It is also an example of well-established collaboration with local, regional, state and national partners who routinely work together to manage infectious diseases in the community.