The Biocontainment Unit (BCU) at Denver Health is dedicated to treating and caring for adult and pediatric patients with highly infectious diseases including Ebola. The BCU is staffed by a diverse and committed group of medical doctors (MDs), registered nurses (RNs), respiratory therapists (RTs), medical laboratory scientists (MLS), paramedics, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and other healthcare professionals who are ready to identify, isolate, transport, treat and care for patients. The care team is called the High Risk Infection Team. The unit is a fully functional and inclusive space dedicated to caring for patients in an area isolated from the rest of the hospital and houses a Biosafety Level 3 lab that allows for comprehensive testing.
Denver Health is one of ten regional facilities in the United States designated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a Regional Ebola and Special Pathogen Treatment Center. Denver Health is prepared and equipped to care for patients with suspected or confirmed cases of Ebola and other special pathogens. There have been no confirmed Ebola cases at Denver Health, but since 2015, the hospital has evaluated and treated two suspected cases. Denver Health is part of a national network of health care providers, hospitals and public health agencies that collaborate to identify the best clinical, logistical and public health practices for identified and emerging special pathogens.
Conditions & Treatments:
Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), Middle Eastern Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), & Lassa Hemorrhagic Fever.
Maria (Gaby) Frank, MD
Medical Director – Biocontainment Unit
Heather Young, MD
Medical Director of Infection Prevention & Control, Infectious Disease Director – Biocontainment Unit
Kelly Medero, MSN, RN, CCRN, NE-BE
Nursing Director of Critical Care; Nurse Manager – Biocontainment Unit
Kelly Medero is the Nursing Director of Critical Care and one of the Nurse Managers of the Bio-containment Unit at Denver Health. Kelly received a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from the University of Wisconsin- Eau Claire and a Master’s in Nursing Administration from the University of Cincinnati. She is nationally board certified as a Critical Care Nurse and Nurse Executive. She was one of the founding leaders of the Bio-Containment Unit and High-risk Infection Team (HITeam) at Denver Health. She has a passion for nursing leadership and for creating the systems to provide safe, high quality patient care.
Heather Escudero, MSN, RN, CCRN
Nurse Manager – Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Nurse Manager – Biocontainment Unit
Nicole Burnet, BSN, RN, CCRN
Nurse Educator – Surgical Intensive Care Unit, Nurse Educator – Biocontainment Unit
Nicole is the Clinical Nurse Educator for the Biocontainment Unit and the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Denver Health. Nicole has served in this capacity for 4 years and has worked at Denver Health for 18 years. Nicole is actively involved in training and education for the nursing staff at the hospital. Coordinates. Nicole designs and facilitates training for the members of the HITeam. She coordinates and teaches the Society of Trauma Nurses Advanced Trauma Care for Nurses (ATCN) course annually.
Emergency Preparedness Coordinator
Jeremy Cooke serves as the Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at Denver Health. Jeremy is completing his Master’s degree in Emergency Management and the Certification for Healthcare Emergency Management Professional. Jeremy is actively engaged with all levels of Emergency Management in local, state, and regional matters. Jeremy is a member of Colorado’s Healthcare Preparedness Steering Committee, co-chairs the North Central Region Hospital Emergency Management Committee, and is a voting member of the North Central Region Healthcare Coalition Governance Board.
Caroline Croyle, MPH, CPH
Projects Coordinator – Biocontainment Unit, Infection Prevention Specialist
Caroline Croyle is the projects coordinator for the High Risk Pathogen Team (HITeam) and the biocontainment unit at Denver Health. Caroline received a Master of Public Health from Columbia University in Environment Health Sciences and Infectious Disease Epidemiology. She is passionate about supporting programs dedicated to preventing infections and improving patient safety, and all-hazards preparedness.
Email Contact: HITeam@dhha.org
Phone Number: 303-602-1262
Hours of Operation: 9am-5pm MST, 911 for emergency (24/7)