NAHC Announces Ebola Task Force
Barbara Citarella appointed as Task Force’s Chair, as well as other recent NAHC actions to combat the spread of the virus among home care patients and workers
November 7, 2014 12:45 PM
On Thursday, October 16, NAHC President Val J. Halamandaris forwarded a letter to Thomas Frieden, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regarding the needs of the home care and hospice community in securing guidance from CDC on appropriate protocol relative to Ebola for home care workers. The letter was additionally hand delivered to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.
Aside from the action taken by Mr. Halamandaris to seek more federal input into how the home care community should respond to Ebola, Barbara Citarella, President of RVC Limited, and Mary Goldrick, Home Care and Hospice Consultant Specialist in Infection Control, extended their presentations at the NAHC Annual Meeting & Exhibition to include current and vital information for home care and hospice providers on Ebola.
During the Annual Meeting, NAHC Chairman of the Board Andrea Devoti announced the creation of an Ebola Task Force, chaired by infection control expert Barbara Citarella to work on insuring that the home care and hospice community have the resources they need to deal with Ebola. For more on Ms. Devoti’s announcement, please see NAHC Report, October 22, 2014.
“It is my great honor to announce infection control expert Barbara Citarella has agreed to chair the Ebola Task Force to work on insuring that the home care and hospice community have the resources they need to deal with Ebola,” said Val J. Halamandaris, president of NAHC. “Barbara Citarella has over 25 years of experience and is internationally known for her expertise in the areas of infection control, leadership, and disaster preparedness. She has long been a leader and spokesperson on these issues. We are pleased to have her work with the home care and hospice industry on such an important issue.”
Barbara has worked with NAHC to identify key reliable information and resources which will be made available and updated on the website of the NAHC. The task force will identify education and information vital to home care and hospice workers on Ebola, and help providers to identify optimal information and action.