Kaiser Permanente Calls for Highest Honor and Best Treatment for Volunteers Returning From Fighting Ebola in West Africa

Kaiser Permanente is asking public officials, public health experts and leaders in health care to help ensure that Americans who volunteer to help stop the spread of the Ebola virus are treated with gratitude and respect. In a statement, Patrick Courneya, M.D., executive vice president and chief medical officer for Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc., said “health care workers need safe travel to West Africa and home, comprehensive monitoring upon their return and rapid access to the best care available, should they demonstrate evidence of having contracted the disease.” In addition, volunteers “deserve our highest praise for their choice to selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to help others.” To ensure health care workers are treated properly, Kaiser Permanente leadership has begun reaching out to U.S. government agencies and non-governmental organizations and donated $1 million for West Africa Ebola relief to support direct medical care and safe clinical medical care and clinical treatment practices.