Federal health officials have designated 35 hospitals across the U.S. as Ebola treatment centers.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the list of hospitals on Tuesday. Most are clustered in metropolitan areas like New York City, Chicago and Washington, D.C. Officials estimate that 80 percent of people returning from travel in West Africa, where Ebola is widespread, live within 200 miles of one of the designated hospitals.
The list was released after officials spent more than a month evaluating hospitals that could serve as referral treatment centers for new Ebola cases that might occur. The 35 hospitals were deemed to have the staff, equipment and training to care for Ebola patients safely and effectively. Additional hospitals in other parts of the country are expected to be added in the coming weeks.
Four Ebola cases have been diagnosed in the United States. The first patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, was infected in Liberia and died at a Dallas hospital in October. Two of his nurses also contracted the virus but survived.
Several other patients -- mostly health care workers -- received treatment in U.S. hospitals after being diagnosed in West Africa, where the Ebola outbreak has sickened more than 15,900 people and killed at least 5,700.
The designated U.S. Ebola treatment hospitals are:
- Kaiser Oakland Medical Center; Oakland, California
- Kaiser South Sacramento Medical Center; Sacramento, California
- University of California Davis Medical Center; Sacramento, California
- University of California San Francisco Medical Center; San Francisco, California
- Emory University Hospital; Atlanta, Georgia
- Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago; Chicago, Illinois
- Northwestern Memorial Hospital; Chicago, Illinois
- Rush University Medical Center; Chicago, Illinois
- University of Chicago Medical Center; Chicago, Illinois
- Johns Hopkins Hospital; Baltimore, Maryland
- University of Maryland Medical Center; Baltimore, Maryland
- National Institutes of Health Clinical Center; Bethesda, Maryland
- Allina Health's Unity Hospital; Fridley, Minnesota
- Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota; St. Paul, Minnesota
- Mayo Clinic Hospital; Minneapolis, Minnesota
- University of Minnesota Medical Center, West Bank Campus, Minneapolis
- Nebraska Medicine; Omaha, Nebraska
- North Shore System LIJ/Glen Cove Hospital; Glen Cove, New York
- Montefiore Health System; New York City, New York
- New York-Presbyterian/Allen Hospital; New York City, New York
- NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation/HHC Bellevue Hospital Center; New York City, New York
- The Mount Sinai Hospital; New York City, New York
- Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital; New Brunswick, New Jersey
- Children's Hospital of Philadelphia; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; Galveston, Texas
- Methodist Hospital System in collaboration with Parkland Hospital System and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center; Richardson, Texas
- University of Virginia Medical Center; Charlottesville, Virginia
- Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center; Richmond, Virginia
- Children's Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin - Froedtert Hospital, Milwaukee; Milwaukee, Wisconsin
- UW Health - University of Wisconsin Hospital, Madison, and the American Family Children's Hospital, Madison; Madison, Wisconsin
- MedStar Washington Hospital Center; Washington, D.C.
- Children's National Medical Center; Washington D.C.
- George Washington University Hospital; Washington, D.C.