Bellevue Hospital and the Special Pathogens Program

Bellevue Hospital established the Special Pathogens Program during the recent West Africa Ebola outbreak and is one of ten regional centers in the U.S. The program utilizes dedicated clinicians and ancillary staff to care for patients in a specialized biocontainment unit while managing Category A waste and assuring the safety of healthcare personnel.

The program is a partnership between the Divisions of Critical Care and Infectious Diseases and the Department of Infection Control, and collaborates widely (including the New York City Department of Health, Fire Department of New York, the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, and the Phoenix Air Group) to establish a regional network for patients with suspected or confirmed viral hemorrhagic fevers and other highly pathogenic infections.

Since Bellevue was one of four institutions in the United States to treat a patient with Ebola, it has collaborated with Emory University, the University of Nebraska, the CDC and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish the National Ebola Treatment and Education Center (NETEC).  NETEC's purpose is to enhance the level of preparedness across United States health systems for patients with highly pathogenic infections, through; a.) assessments of individual healthcare facilities; b.) live exercises, online resources, and training tools; c.) technical assistance; and d.) development of a research infrastructure around Ebola and other select agents, to prepare for clinical trials.