A patient travelling from Liberia, was brought to the Centinela Hospital
Medical Center Emergency Department last night via ambulance from Los
Angeles International Airport. Ambulance personnel alerted the hospital
prior to arrival so upon entry to the hospital campus, all CDC precautions
were fully implemented. The hospital has been preparing for the possibility
of this situation for weeks and staff has been trained per CDC protocols.
The patient does not have any symptoms of Ebola, however due to travel
history appropriate precautions were implemented. Acute Communicable Disease
Control and DPH were immediately contacted. The patient will remain fully
isolated in the hospital's ER for continued evaluation and all appropriate
testing will be conducted in consultation with the CDC.
Said Linda Bradley, CEO: "Our ER team did a precise and thorough job
of implementing our full protocol. They acted quickly and decisively in
determining the status of the patient and contacted all necessary authorities.
Myself and our Chief Medical Officer, Paryus Patel, MD have been in close
communication with CDPH, CDC and all appropriate public health agencies."
We are taking all steps to ensure our patients, their families, staff,
and the community are protected. The hospital is fully open to seeing patients.