Nearly four million awarded to Michigan hospitals for pathogen response

AMBULANCE 3Hospitals throughout the state will receive funding for emergency pathogen preparedness. $3.8 million in total will be split between hospitals in Michigan’s Special Pathogen Response Network. The funding will go towards training hospital workers to better accommodate special pathogen emergencies like Ebola. Jennifer Eisner is the Public Information Officer for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. She says hospitals in the SPRN have designated tiers, and the tier determines the amount of funding received. “While all of our hospitals definitely undertake robust training in terms of emergency response it’s those tier 1 hospitals that would serve as the backup to the regional center.” Eisner says the funding would allow hospitals to better identify, isolate, test, and treat anyone infected with a pathogen.