FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Department for Public Health has developed a package of materials to help hospitals, public health agencies, health care organizations and other coalitions in their preparedness for Ebola.
Dick Bartlett, emergency preparedness and trauma coordinator with the Kentucky Hospital Association, briefed the top two leaders of the state Senate at their request last week.
Bartlett said the information, called "Out of Africa," has been posted on the association's website and was available for the public. It can be found at KYHA.com/kha-ebola-updates.
During the briefing, Stephanie Mayfield Gibson, the state public health commissioner, outlined medical procedures that are in place for Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester, and President Pro Tem Katie Stine, R-Southgate.
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Gibson said many of the protocols were established when anthrax was a national concern in 2001, and they had been adjusted and honed to deal with any cases of Ebola.
Stivers said in a news release said that he and other senators wanted to make sure they could communicate effectively and knowledgeably with constituents if asked about Ebola.
"We continue to communicate and update information daily," Bartlett said. "Sharing information is crucial."
Also at the meeting were Doug Thoroughman of the state Department for Public Health; Sarah Nicholson of the Kentucky Hospital Association; Mark Birdwhistell, UK HealthCare vice president for health care administration and external affairs; UK HealthCare chief medical officer Bernard Boulanger; Patti Burns, St. Elizabeth Healthcare's director of infection control; Garren Colvin, St. Elizabeth's vice president and chief operating officer; Ken Marshall, president of University of Louisville Hospital; and Renee Craddock of the Kentucky Jailers' Association.