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HPP Funds Regional Treatment Network for Ebola and Other Special Pathogens

To ensure that U.S. health care providers and facilities are prepared to safely identify, isolate, transport, and treat patients with Ebola and other emerging infectious disease threats, the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), through its Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP), funds a Regional Treatment Network for Ebola and Other Special Pathogens.

Exercise involving the transport of Ebola patients

This network consists of:

  • Ten (10) Regional Ebola and other special pathogen treatment centers Exit Icon , one in each of the 10 HHS regions.  These facilities have enhanced capabilities to receive a confirmed Ebola/special pathogen patient. For example, each regional center must have respiratory infectious disease isolation capacity or negative pressure rooms for at least 10 patients. They must also be able to treat pediatric patients or partner with a neighboring facility to do so.

  • Sixty-nine (69) state or jurisdiction Ebola treatment centers Exit Icon , 10 of which are designated as regional Ebola and other special pathogen treatment centers. These centers are staffed, equipped, and have been assessed to have current capabilities, training, and resources to provide the complex treatment necessary to care for a person with Ebola while minimizing risk to health care workers.

  • More than 170 assessment hospitals that can safely receive and isolate a person under investigation for Ebola and care for the person until an Ebola diagnosis can be confirmed or ruled out and until discharge or transfer to a treatment center is complete.

  • Many frontline health care facilities around the country that can rapidly identify and triage patients with relevant exposure history and signs or symptoms compatible with Ebola and coordinate patient transfer to an Ebola assessment hospital.

In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ASPR’s HPP also funds the National Ebola Training and Education Center (NETEC) Exit Icon . NETEC is co-led by Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia; University of Nebraska Medical Center/Nebraska Medicine in Omaha, Nebraska; and Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City, New York, all three of which have successfully treated patients with Ebola. NETEC offers training, resources, readiness assessments, and expertise to help members of the Regional Treatment Network for Ebola and Other Special Pathogens prepare for pandemics and other emerging threats related to infectious disease outbreaks.

Ebola education

HPP also provides funding for health care coalitions (HCCs) to conduct trainings and exercises to prepare the overall health care system to respond swiftly and safely to an outbreak of Ebola. Recipients of Ebola funding strive to meet a series of performance measures designed to monitor progress and measure the impact of preparedness activities on the health care system.

HCCs that conduct these activities also enhance preparedness for other novel, highly pathogenic diseases, supporting broad-spectrum health care readiness in the process.  HPP’s support for local health care systems proved essential during the 2014 Ebola outbreak and continues to play a key role in maintaining health care preparedness and response capabilities related to infectious disease.

ASPR developed the Regional Treatment Network for Ebola and Other Special Pathogens Report for Congress. The report demonstrates the department’s plans, including funding and timetables, for each tier in the regional system outlining capabilities for infrastructure, training, and other key parameters, such as waste management.


  • This page last reviewed: July 23, 2018