Deal Creates Ebola Response Team

Per press release:

Gov. Nathan Deal today announced that he will sign an executive order to create an Ebola response team, which will assess current state health and emergency management procedures and produce necessary recommendations to minimize any potential impact of the disease in Georgia.

“Rest assured, Georgia is taking the threat of the Ebola virus seriously,” Deal said. “The creation of this team is an additional step in the state’s response to this disease and will further our efforts to ensure the safety and quality of life for our citizens. By combining the expertise of the health and research communities with our state agencies, Georgia will be uniquely positioned to combat the risks of Ebola should the need arise. Those that have been chosen to serve on the panel are leaders in their respective fields – specifically Emory University Hospital, which has remained at the forefront of our nation’s response to this infectious disease. We are taking every necessary precaution to alleviate fear within our communities and make certain Georgia stands prepared.”

The team will be comprised of representatives from the following: Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Georgia Department of Community Health, Georgia National Guard, Emory University Hospital, University System of Georgia infectious disease experts, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, city of Atlanta and members of the nursing, rural hospital, EMT and education communities. Individuals on the response team will be named in the executive order tomorrow.

The team will convene this week and immediately begin issuing recommendations.

28 comments

  1. benevolus says:

    Where’s the money coming from?!
    Did the legislature authorize this expenditure!?
    What will be cut to pay for this!?!

    Just kidding.

  2. Will Durant says:

    In case the Governor is due a medical exam in the near future, they can be informed in advance that his patellar reflex action is spot on.

  3. xdog says:

    Where’s the malaria or typhus response team? It may be time to start worrying about a medical response team gap in Georgia.

  4. Dave Bearse says:

    “The team will convene this week and immediately begin issuing recommendations.”

    Will the recommendations be as useful as those of Donna Sheldon’s Committee on Transit that were made ahead of TIA/T-SPLOST, or more like those of the committee Sonny Perdue’s convened to revise the QBE?

    “We are taking every necessary precaution to alleviate fear within our communities and make certain Georgia stands prepared” after stoking fear with announcing the formation of the committee in the first place, and maximizing the effect with timing to insure its a lead story in the morning news.

  5. FTSmithers says:

    why do so many news outlets report polls of what the average people think about how to handle Ebola. first this is a tragedy. and shouldn’t be a cable news talking point. second, let’s leave the theories to the experts. Preferably PhDs in public health and medical doctors

  6. Charlie says:

    ov. Nathan Deal today named the members of the Georgia Ebola Response Team, which was created by executive order to assess current state health and emergency management procedures and produce necessary recommendations to minimize any potential impact of the disease in Georgia.

    “Those that have been chosen to serve on the panel are leaders in their respective fields, and I’m confident that their combined talents and experience will allow them to effectively examine state preparedness and provide all necessary recommendations,” said Deal. “By opening up lines of communication between the private and public sector, Georgia is uniquely positioned to combat the risks of Ebola should the need arise and protect the health of the people of our state. An informed public and a prepared group of first responders and health care professionals can save lives. Let me reiterate: As a state, we are taking every precaution to make certain Georgia stands prepared.”

    The Ebola response team will be chaired by Brenda Fitzgerald, commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health. A full list of team members below:

    (May want to follow this link as formatting is screwy: https://gov.georgia.gov/press-releases/2014-10-20/deal-team-combat-risks-ebola-should-need-arise)
    Name

    Position

    Organization

    Brenda Fitzgerald, MD

    Commissioner

    Georgia Department of Public Health

    William Bornstein, MD, PhD

    Chief Quality and Medical Officer

    Emory Healthcare

    Susan Grant, MS, RN, NEA-BC,

    FAAN

    Chief Nurse Executive;

    Associate Dean

    Emory Healthcare; Nell Hodgson

    Woodruff School of Nursing

    Frederick Quinn, MS, PhD

    Professor of Infectious Diseases

    University of Georgia

    Charley English

    Director

    Georgia Emergency Management Agency

    Major General Jim Butterworth

    Adjutant General

    Georgia National Guard

    Miguel Southwell

    General Manager

    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

    Michael Geisler

    Chief Operating Officer

    City of Atlanta

    Scott Kroell

    CEO/Administrator

    Liberty Regional Medical Center

    Courtney Terwilliger

    Chairman

    Georgia Association of Emergency Medical Services

    Brenda Rowe, M.N., RN, JD

    Associate Professor

    Georgia Baptist College of Nursing, Mercer University

    Jody Barrow

    Superintendent; President

    Fayette County Schools; Georgia School Superintendent Association

    Doug Patten, MD

    Chief Medical Officer

    Georgia Hospital Association

    The team will meet this week and immediately begin issuing recommendations to the governor.

  7. tribeca says:

    Ok, so let’s just get this straight…

    When there’s a major snowstorm bearing down on the Atlanta metro and the Governor has been given plenty of advance warning about the size and potential impact, his response is to do absolutely nothing.

    When there’s a Ebola epidemic ravaging parts of West Africa but 99.99999999999999% of Georgians have ZERO, I repeat, Z-E-R-O risk of catching the disease, the Governor’s response is to pander for votes and look like he’s doing something by forming a task force.

    Prioriteez, this governor has ’em.

  8. WeymanCWannamakerJr says:

    Just an attempt to get the voters’ attention away from the other word beginning with an E often associated with this governor. And no it isn’t elephant.

  9. George Chidi says:

    Is it too much to ask for one, one, just one freaking person from west Africa to be on the governor’s blue ribbon response team for ebola?

    Is this unreasonable? There’s is no shortage of Nigerian doctors in this town, and both Grady and Emory would shut down if all the west African nurses decided to go on vacation at once. We’ve got a dog in this fight, and we’re interested in getting the details right. We’re also a little closer to the social issues associated with the spread of the disease.

    C’mon, people. Work with me here.

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