Ebola readiness

Allina Health hospitals, clinics and emergency medical services are prepared to screen, isolate, transfer/transport an Ebola patient to one of the four designated hospitals in the state of Minnesota.

Mercy Hospital - Unity Campus is one of those four designated hospitals, chosen because of its facility configuration and readiness, staff training and overall medical expertise when caring for an infectious disease patient.

As a leader in health care, Allina Health has extensive experience preparing and caring for those with infectious diseases.

In our commitment to safety, we follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines to detect potential cases of Ebola:

  • Protect patients, visitors and staff members.
  • Respond appropriately.

Be assured that our top priority is to provide a healing environment focused on patient safety and quality of care.

Questions and answers

There currently are no patients with Ebola at any Allina Health facility. However, we recognize that you and your family may have questions about our preparations to ensure the safety of all of our patients and visitors.

Yes. In early 2014, we successfully cared for a patient with a similar virus in one of our hospitals. Based on feedback from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Minnesota Department of Health, we handled it in exemplary fashion.

Mercy Hospital - Unity Campus is very prepared to handle the arrival of an infected patient and has procedures in place to care for a patient in a number of ways:

  • Isolation unit: Unity Campus has a special isolation unit that is physically separate from other patient areas. It has the equipment and infrastructure that provide a high level of isolation.
  • Patient care team: Our team of doctors, nurses and staff that work in emergency and intensive care have received advanced training for screening, isolating and caring for an Ebola patient. They understand how the disease is transmitted and observe stringent infection prevention measures.

Yes. The safety and security of our patients, families, visitors and staff is our number one priority. We have many precautions in place to ensure safety. We screen all patients to determine if they are at risk for Ebola and other diseases. We test patients who may be at risk and isolate them apart from the rest of our patients and visitors.

There are no patients with Ebola at Unity Hospital or any other Allina Health facility.

Our health care workers will wear special protective clothing and equipment, and receive extensive, ongoing training to ensure the equipment is used properly and safely.
In all care areas where patients are present—inpatient and outpatient settings and emergency departments—we have screenings in place for early identification and isolation of any patient with the relevant travel history and risk factors. Our staff will ask you a series of questions to determine if you are at risk of acquiring Ebola. Based on your responses, the clinical team may perform additional screening.
If you travel to one of the affected countries, or think you have been exposed to someone suspected or confirmed to have Ebola, follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s guidance for protecting yourself.

Many of the symptoms of Ebola are similar to those of influenza.

As we get ready for flu season, it’s much more likely that any symptoms you experience will be flu-related, unless you’ve had direct contact with an Ebola patient.

Is it flu or Ebola?

It's not too late to get your flu shot at an Allina Health clinic.