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
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.”