Loma Linda Medical Alumni Deliver Care in Ebola Stricken Region
Loma Linda, CA – Graduates of Loma Linda University School of Medicine are helping to deliver health care to patients in the midst of the deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Dr. Gillian Seton, a 2008 graduate of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, is serving since February 2014 at Cooper Adventist Hospital in Liberia.
Another physician, Dr. James Appel, a 2000 graduate of the Loma Linda University School of Medicine, is expected to arrive this week in Liberia to provide medical care alongside Seton at Cooper Adventist Hospital. Appel has spent the last decade as a family medicine physician in the north-central African country of Chad.
The General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists, in collaboration with Adventist Health International based in Loma Linda, has decided to keep Cooper Adventist Hospital open in Liberia in spite of the virus outbreak. The 45-bed hospital and its associated Eye Hospital, is located in the heart of Monrovia, the capital where nearly a third of the country’s four million people live. The Republic of Liberia was founded by freed American and Carribean slaves, and declared its independence in 1847.
Many public hospitals in the West African nation and adjacent areas have shut down or are refusing to take on new patients, but the staff and faculty at Cooper made the decision to remain open for treatment of non-Ebola related illnesses. They are continuing to screen patients prior to entering the hospital grounds in order to remain free of the Ebola virus as near as possible, so that they will be a source of help and safety to their patients and staff. Continue>
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