Division of Infectious Diseases

UNMC Global Center for Health Security opens new National Quarantine Center

The UNMC Global Center for Health Security (GCHS) has expanded its capability and national role in quarantine care through the establishment of a 20-bed quarantine unit located within the Davis Global Center for Advanced Inter-professional Learning.

The National Quarantine Center, funded in October 2016 by a $20 million dollar award from the Assistant Secretary of Preparedness and Response (ASPR), officially opened on October 1, 2019, and is the only dedicated quarantine space in the United States for individuals exposed to highly hazardous communicable diseases.

The Davis Global Center also houses a Biocontainment Training Unit, which consists of a six-bed simulated biocontainment unit, a laboratory, autoclave, advanced control rooms, and debriefing rooms that will be used to train healthcare workers from across the country, including National Disaster Medical System members and UNMC/Nebraska Medicine staff.

For more information go to the GCHS website or check out the recent Center for Preparedness Education newsletter featuring the GCHS.

Content provided by Dr. Angela Hewlett (Medical Director of the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit). Photo with permission from James Horacek (GCHS)

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