USC Upstate To Host Seminar Featuring Nurses Who Treated First U.S. Ebola Cases

March 27, 2016 at 7:08 am

As news of another global health scare continues to make headlines, the University of South Carolina Upstate is pleased to announce that it will host a seminar on lessons learned from the 2014 Ebola crisis at noon Friday, April 1, 2016, in Tukey Theatre. There is no charge, and the public is invited to attend.

This Microbiology Ebola Seminar* will be led by Jill Morgan and Josia Mamora, two members of Emory University Hospital’s Ebola Team and now lead nurses for the new National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

“Infectious diseases do not have geographical boundaries, and I felt hosting a seminar of this type for the campus and community would be a great way to provide an educational opportunity to bring further awareness to these global concerns,” said Dr. Ginny Webb, assistant professor of microbiology at USC Upstate. “The Ebola crisis in 2014 tested the facilities that are in place in the United States, and Emory (University Hospital) was the lead facility that successfully implemented their infection control procedures and treated these patients.”

Morgan and Mamora were directly involved in the care of two of the first American Ebola patients. The focus of their presentation will be on the overall perspective that continued to evolve as the patients arrived in Atlanta; the need to separate fear from fact when accepting the responsibility of treating them; and how hospital leaders and staff had to balance their obligations to treat the patients while minimizing the risk to the healthcare professionals.

Emory’s leadership during the Ebola outbreak helped quell fears and demonstrated the effectiveness of protocol, communications and preparedness when faced with such health crises.

Now as NETEC nurse leaders, Morgan and Mamora help train other healthcare providers and facilities in proper infection control measures, as well as provide strategies and best practices to manage Ebola virus disease and other infectious diseases.

For more information about the seminar, contact Webb at 864-503-5976 or gwebb@uscupstate.edu.

*This program is being made possible through funding from USC Upstate’s Division of Student Affairs.