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Hackensack questions Hackensack University Medical Center’s plan to use mobile unit for Ebola care

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Hackensack questions Hackensack University Medical Center’s plan to use mobile unit for Ebola care

OCTOBER 30, 2014    LAST UPDATED: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2014, 12:41 AM
BY MARY JO LAYTON AND TODD SOUTH
STAFF WRITERS |
THE RECORD

Hackensack University Medical Center’s strategy to use its mobile satellite emergency department to treat potential Ebola patients is running into a few wrinkles: Federal health authorities haven’t yet approved its use, and it may have to relocate from its spot behind a fast-food restaurant.

Federal and state health authorities inspected the unit Saturday to assess Hackensack’s readiness as one of three hospitals Governor Christie designated as the primary care centers should Ebola cases emerge in New Jersey. Inspectors with the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had issues with the plan, though neither officials at the CDC nor the hospital offered details about those concerns.

The MSED, as it’s known — comprising three trailers and licensed as an emergency department and intensive care unit — may have to move from Newman Street. The location, nearly half a mile from the hospital campus and by a McDonald’s restaurant, is in a flood zone, the Hackensack mayor and city manager said.

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