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Biopreparedness Training Center Planned for UNMC

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A new National Center for Health Security and Biopreparedness will be built at UNMC. 

The center will be funded by a $19.8 million grant from the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response in the US Department of Health and Human Services. The 30,000-square-foot center will be located on one floor of the planned Interdisciplinary Experiential Center for Enduring Learning.  As the training site for US Department of Health and Human Services Personnel in treatment of highly infectious diseases, it will also include simulation and quarantine facilities.

UNMC Chancellor, Dr. Jeffrey Gold, calls this “an investment in the future of health security for our nation.”

“The return on that investment is a well-trained, knowledgeable, skilled workforce who are able to make important decisions and are able to care for patients with highly infectious diseases.” 

Gold says this grant demonstrates great confidence in UNMC, which was eligible to compete for the grant because of its successful treatment of patients with Ebola during the 2014-2015 outbreak.  Rep. Brad Ashford was instrumental in getting Congressional funding for the center.

For more information, the website is www.unmc.edu