Nobody forced Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital last week to accept two patients stricken with the deadly Ebola virus. Instead, Dr. Bruce Ribner, head of the Emory unit treating the sick Americans, welcomed the chance to admit them. Emory, according to Ribner, is one of only four U.S. facilities uniquely equipped to treat such a contagious disease. He told CNN, “We are not going to miss this opportunity.”
Hospital staff members congratulated him for accepting the patients, he said. When he explained his decision to his wife, she responded, “Great, that’s what you’ve been dreaming of for 12 years.” That’s when the isolation unit now housing the patients was created.
The introductory paragraphs in the CNN story demonstrate that Ribner doesn’t hold his vision alone:
“. . . faced with the prospect of coming face-to-face with this terrible illness at their Atlanta hospital, . . . what did two nurses do?
“They canceled their vacation.”