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At the Request of Senators Boxer and Feinstein, California’s Major Hospital Associations Surveyed Hospitals on Efforts to Meet this Public Health Threat

October 15, 2014 - Washington D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) wrote to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director, Dr. Tom Frieden, urging him to review the findings of newly released surveys by the California Hospital Association (CHA) and the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems (CAPH) on the steps California hospitals are taking to address the public health threat of Ebola. 

Barbara-Boxer“While there has been important work done to get hospitals prepared, it is clear that there is more we can and must do to ensure that every facility and every health care worker is fully trained and ready to meet this threat,” Senator Boxer wrote. “I ask that you review the California hospitals’ letters, and respond to me with any additional actions the CDC is taking to help our nation’s hospitals keep the public and our courageous health care workers safe.” 

The two major California hospital associations surveyed their member hospitals in response to an October 3 request from Senator Boxer and Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA). The Senators asked the hospitals to respond to a series of questions to help identify any remaining gaps in the public health system that could impede California’s ability to safely screen, diagnose and treat any potential Ebola patients. 

Senator Boxer included the responses from the two hospital associations in her letter to Director Frieden. 

The response from California Hospital Association President and CEO C. Duane Dauner can be found here

The response from California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems President and CEO Erica Murray can be found here.

The text of today’s letter from Senator Boxer to the CDC follows: 

October 15, 2014 

Dr. Tom Frieden
Director
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30333 

Dear Dr. Frieden: As you are aware, the unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa and the subsequent first cases diagnosed in the United States have raised concerns about whether hospitals are fully prepared to safely diagnose and treat any potential Ebola patients. 

For this reason, on October 3, I wrote to the California Hospital Association and the California Association of Public Hospitals and Health Systems to ask them to assess the level of preparedness of our state’s hospitals. Today, I am forwarding you their in-depth responses with the hope that they will be helpful as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) works to strengthen public health preparations and respond to any remaining concerns. 

While there has been important work done to get hospitals prepared, it is clear that there is more we can and must do to ensure that every facility and every health care worker is fully trained and ready to meet this threat. 

I ask that you review the California hospitals’ letters, and respond to me with any additional actions the CDC is taking to help our nation’s hospitals keep the public and our courageous health care workers safe. 

Sincerely, 

Barbara Boxer
United States Senator 
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