Former President George W. Bush Visits Texas Ebola Healthcare Workers
Former President George W. Bush visited Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital to meet with healthcare workers who treated three Ebola patients including two of their own nurses. The former President came to the hospital to help celebrate the end of the 21 day observation period for many of the workers.
“The last five weeks have been a trying time for the city and residents of Dallas and especially the people of Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas,” former President Bush said. “I appreciate the way the hospital and its professionals are sharing lessons learned in a way that helps the broader United States health care community respond to this terrible virus.”
President Bush had previously been a patient at Texas Health Presbyterian when he had a heart procedure performed last year according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.
“As someone who has gone to Presbyterian hospital for care myself,” Bush told the hospital’s workers, “I know it is a dedicated, professional and caring place, and I’m confident it is doing what is necessary to reaffirm the community’s trust.”
Following is a video of former President Bush’s visit to the hospital:
During the former President’s visit he ran into Amber Vinson, one of the nurses who became ill after treating America’s first Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan. When he realized who she was he exclaimed “How are you darlin’,” and gave her a hug and a kiss on the cheek. After posing for a picture with the now recovered Ebola patient, Mr. Bush said, “You look great! I’ve been watching you on TV.”
As to his previous stay at the hospital last year, Bush said, “I guess it’s hard to say I loved my time here. Let me put it this way, if I had to be somewhere, I am glad it was here.”
“Fortunately, this is a team of people who really care – compassionate folks,” Mr. Bush concluded. “The idea of sharing the lessons with others, I think is great.”