Battelle has been selected to provide operational support for the Ebola Response activities coordinated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Emergency Operation Center (EOC).
The EOC provides infrastructure support for emergency response activities and exercises including management of staff rosters, operational planning and budget coordination. In response to the recent Ebola epidemic, the EOC is supporting ongoing surveillance, diagnostic and education activities as well as two clinical trials for potential Ebola vaccines. While Ebola is no longer at the top of world news, the outbreak is far from over and much work remains to be done to ensure that disease transmission will continue to decline.
Battelle staff will work directly with the EOC’s Incident Command Structure for six months starting in April 2015 through Battelle’s Technical Onsite Professional Services (TOPS), part of the Health and Analytics Business Unit (HABU). For the Ebola project, TOPS staff will provide logistical and project management support to help coordinate the many parts of the EOC Ebola response plan. This was a Direct Award to Battelle. Battelle was chosen for our prior experience with the CDC and expertise in public health emergency response.
TOPS provides technical support staff for government agencies including the CDC. TOPS Site Director Frank Pasztor will serve as the Program Director for the project. Mr. Pasztor has 23 years of experience in the scientific and laboratory fields, with 19 years of management experience. The Battelle TOPS team looks forward to additional support opportunities should the government choose to request our services.