Damage Control: Presby Pushes Positive Image Following Ebola Fallout

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Dallas -- Looks like Presby’s public status is in critical condition.

"Unfortunately, in our initial treatment of Mr. Duncan, despite our best intentions and a highly skilled medical team, we made mistakes. We did not correctly diagnose his symptoms as those of Ebola. We are deeply sorry," Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital CCO Dr. Daniel Varga said last week during a congressional hearing.

The embattled hospital, with the dubious distinction of being the first U.S. hospital to diagnose an Ebola patient, appears to be hemorrhaging from harsh criticism.  The hospital is under fire for its handling of Thomas Eric Duncan, and the subsequent infections of two of its nurses.

But, now it looks like Presby is treating this condition – stat. The hospital tweeted YouTube videos of its staff; their opinions more positive than negative in an attempt to nurse a gaping wound..

On Friday, staff poured out of Presby holding signs of support; ‘Presby proud’ has become their mantra.  This, after one of their own blew the whistle on Presby’s reported lack of preparedness while Duncan was being treated for Ebola.

"No one ever spoke to me about Ebola," nurse Briana Aguirre said. "No one ever spoke to, I never witnessed any other discussions going on among my colleagues about you know, what to look for. How to be prepared. There were no classes offered. There were no training offered."

As Nina Pham and Amber Vinson remain isolated, treated in facilities far from Presby, let’s hope the hospital can recover from this Ebola-induced injury.

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