Brown Med School Professor to Hold Lecture on Ebola at Salve Regina
Friday, January 29, 2016
The lecture titled "The Ebola Epidemic and Liberia: Lessons Learned," is free and open to the public and will be presented at 7 p.m. in Bazarsky Lecture Hall, located in O'Hare Academic Center on Ochre Point Avenue.
Flanigan is a Catholic dean and professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Brown University Medical School who volunteered for two months in Liberia to train medical professionals in the battle against Ebola.
Dr. Timothy Flanigan
Dr. Flanigan received a 2004 honorary degree at Salve Regina, and volunteered in collaboration with Catholic clinics and hospitals in Liberia to help strengthen general health care during the time of the disease.
Dr. Flanigan is a member of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Rhode Island and The Miriam Hospitals and Brown Medical School.
Flanigan arrived at Brown Medical School in 1991 to help establish a network of primary care for HIV infected individuals and link them to community based resources upend release.
Flanigan is a recipient of a community health leadership award from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for the development of outstanding primary care for underserved HIV infected individuals.
Flanigan is a Tiverton resident, receiving his medical degree in 1983 from Cornell University. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at the University of Pennsylvania Health System.
Dr. Flanigan is a member of the American Medical Association and is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine.
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The United Nurses and Allied Professionals are concerned that Rhode Island is not prepared to deal with a possible Ebola outbreak.
The UNAP will announce will announce the results of an internal survey of members meant to gauge Rhode Island’s Ebola Virus response capabilities on Monday, according to union president Linda McDonald, RN.
“As the voice of frontline caregivers, we remain very concerned about Rhode Island’s level of preparedness to respond to the Ebola virus,” McDonald said.
“While political leaders are assuring the public that our state is ready, those of us who work in Emergency Rooms and at hospital bedsides are beginning to tell a very different story. Our members are raising serious concerns about a lack of training, uniform protocol and access to appropriate protective equipment for health care professionals,” McDonald said.
Dr. Michael Fine, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH), said that the possibility of Ebola coming to Rhode Island is "very real," but says he believes that Rhode Island is well-prepared -- and that his major concerns right now are for the outbreak West Africa.
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Providence resident Ashoka Mukpo, the fourth American to contract the Ebola virus will be treated in Nebraska, according to Rhode Island Department of Health's Chief Officer of Health Promotion Christina Batastini.
"Mukpo will not be treated at a Rhode Island hospital. He is being flown to University of Nebraska Medical Center,"said Batastini.
Nina Pham, from Texas Presbyterian Hospital, is the first nurse to be diagnosed with Ebola sparking the need to take further precautions among healthcare professionals everywhere.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provided an Ebola update to media on Monday, focusing on the latest case in Dallas, Texas.
Confirming the first case of Ebola contracted in America by a nurse caring for the "Dallas index patient" at Texas Presbyterian Hospital tested positive for Ebola, CDC Director Dr. Thomas Friedan said the nurse is "being cared for and is clinically stable," and referred any other questions on the patient's safety to the hospital.
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The CDC has confirmed that another employee of the Texas Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas has contracted the Ebola virus, making this the second confirmed case originating in the US.
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