In 2015, the MGH was one of 10 hospitals in the country designated by the U.S. government as a special regional center to treat Ebola and other highly infectious diseases. Throughout the year, the MGH Biothreats Response Team continues to conduct educational exercises and training sessions, including sessions that refresh team members’ skills on properly donning and doffing personal protective equipment (PPE), as seen here, during this full-scale drill last December.

“With a growing number of Ebola virus disease (EVD) cases being reported in the Congo this year – including 25 deaths – we are glad that we have this robust program, and we are continuing to work with team members to makesure they are always up-to-date with current best practices and the latest knowledge in this field,” says Monica Staples, RN, clinical nurse specialist in Emergency Preparedness and PPE training manager for the EVD response program. “While the current risk for Ebola cases in Massachusetts remains very low, it is important that the staff within the MGH who are trained to respond to this challenging disease always feel educated and prepared.”

For more information about the EVD Response Plan, the MGH Hazmat Team and other Emergency Preparedness efforts visit,

This article was originally published in the 06/01/18 Hotline issue.