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Alumni nurses to discuss work with Ebola

May 4, 2015

Medical professionals and LaGrange College graduates who worked with Ebola cases at Emory Healthcare in Atlanta will be on campus at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 5, in Dickson Assembly Room to talk about their experiences.

Registered nurses Dr. Sharlene Toney ’99, Esther Marie Baker ’87 and Taylor Halterman ’13 will discuss their roles in Ebola Viral Disease preparedness and caring for patients diagnosed with the devastating disease. They were part of the team that cared for Ebola patients at Emory.

Dr. Celia Hay, Professor and Chair of the Nursing Department, said the lecture is designed to educate the college’s nursing students and area medical personnel about the disease.

“The serious outbreak of Ebola in West Africa this year has impacted healthcare workers in the United States,” she said. “We all need to understand this disease and the process of preventing its spread.”

Having such accomplished nursing alumni return to campus is testament to the level of education offered at the college, Dr. Hay said.

“Here are three of our grads who are in the forefront of Ebola research and treatment. We are very proud of them.”

Dr. Toney is corporate director of professional nursing practice and development at Emory Healthcare. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from LaGrange College. She also holds an associate degree in nursing from Columbus State University and a bachelor’s degree in education from St. Joseph’s College.

At Georgia State University, she earned a master’s degree in adult health nursing in 2001, a post-master’s certificate in gerontology in 2002 and a doctorate in nursing in 2007. She was honored in 2013 with the college’s Shackelford Alumni Achievement Award.

Baker is an infection prevention and control coordinator at the Emory Clinic. She is responsible for coordinating infection prevention and control practices in Emory Clinic sections and its five Ambulatory Surgical Centers. She also is the point of contact for positive Ebola screens and the Ebola validator.

Halterman is a registered nurse in the serious communicable disease unit at Emory. She is responsible for the care of patients with severe, contagious diseases, including Ebola. She is trained and practiced in high-level personal protective equipment, and trains staffs at Emory hospitals and affiliate hospitals in the proper way to put on and remove that equipment.

At Tuesday’s lecture, the speakers also will discuss resources from Emory that are available to healthcare providers and to the public.

Dr. Hay said the program is free and the entire community is invited to attend.

“We encourage everyone to come hear about the latest work in Ebola preparedness and treatment from the nurses who are deeply involved in those efforts.”

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