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Highly Infectious Disease Unit

At Carle, our secure Highly Infectious Disease Unit ensures the safety of staff, other patients, visitors and the community.


About Us

In November of 2017, Carle Foundation Hospital became the only Ebola Treatment Center in Illinois outside of the Chicago area, following an extremely rigorous approval process from the Illinois Department of Public Health, National Ebola Training and Education Center, Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, and several of the Emergency Management Coalition members including Emory, Nebraska and Bellevue. 

The Need 

In a world with increased travel and changing weather patterns, diseases once isolated in remote regions, now can expand rapidly. The movement of these diseases can lead to global outbreaks. Carle has made the commitment to be prepared to care for and treat highly infectious disease patients as the need arises. The HID Unit is designed to be able to manage a full spectrum of highly infectious diseases ranging from hemorrhagic fevers to respiratory diseases to measles. 

Unit Highlights

  • Our multidisciplinary team of medical, nursing, laboratory and environmental safety staff is highly trained in high level isolation and bio-preparedness. All work in other areas of Carle but remain on-call, reporting for duty when activated.
  • Negative-pressure isolation rooms keep air from circulating to other areas of the hospital.
  • Dedicated lab within the unit safely handles testing and patient samples.
  • Secure audio and video system monitors patients and allows two-way communication with family and staff.
  • Patient transport isolation units protect hospital patients, staff and visitors during transport.


Carle Foundation Hospital-Urbana
Casey McCartney

Highly Infectious Disease Training Center Program Specialist of Illinoisr

Office: (217) 383-4963
Cell: (217) 273-4121

CFHN Memorial Hospital-Freeport
Margaret Kochsmier

Infection Control

Office: (815) 599-6459

HSH St. John’s Hospital-Springfield
Matt Roberts

Infection Control


Javon Bea Hospital
Stephanie Kuschel

Emergency Preparedness Coordinator

Office: (815) 971-5203
Cell: (815) 994-6527

OSF St. Francis Medical Center-Peoria
Alexander Bowers

Infection Control Coordinator

Office: (309) 624-2663

Southern Illinois Healthcare-Carbondale
Corinna Warren

System Director of Infection Prevention

Office: (618) 549-0721 ext. 65771

SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital-Mt. Vernon
Deb Manning

Infection Prevention Nurse

Office: (618) 899-1098
Cell: (618) 237-2474

SSM Health Good Samaritan Hospital-Mt. Vernon
Robin Jones

Infection Prevention Nurse

Office: (618) 899-2008
Cell: (618) 780-5231


  • FIRST: Call your local health department-make sure you have their daytime phone number as well as their after-hours number.
  • SECOND: If you are unable to reach your local health department, call the Duty Officer on call at IDPH at 1-800-782-7860 (24-hour number).
  • THIRD: If you are, for some reason, unable to reach either your local health department or the on-call Duty Officer, call IDPH Health Protection (Infectious Disease) at (217) 782-2016. This is NOT a 24-hour number.

Resources and Training 

National and State Training 

National Ebola Training and Education


 Understanding the correct way to transport a patient with a highly infectious disease is important to prevent contamination. 

Click here to see the list of EMS organizations trained to transport patients with highly infectious diseases in Illinois.

If your organization would like to transport patients with highly infectious diseases and would like to receive isopod training and personal protective equipment (PPE), please contact Casey McCartney by phone (217) 383-4963 or email


We are committed to making a difference in the lives of our residents, our patients and the world. Inspired and engaged scholarship; innovation and discovery; and impassioned and insightful patient care happen here.

  • Willing to train your staff annually on isopod and PPE
  • Willing to have your agency’s name/location on the official IDPH map
  • Ability to mobilize within 2 hours
  • Have adequate resources to be able to help the highly infectious disease cause while not draining their resources needed for community stability

Crematoriums and Funeral Homes 

Properly disposing of the human remains of someone who has died from a highly infectious disease is important to prevent contamination. If your organization is can accept human remains of someone who has died from a highly infectious disease and can follow the protocols for transportation and protocol please contact Casey McCartney by phone (217) 383-4963 or email Your organization will be added to this map.

Guidance for Safe Handling of Human Remains of Ebola Patients in U. S. Hospitals and Mortuaries

  • Postmortem Preparation in a Hospital Room
  • Step-by-Step Guidelines for Postmortem Preparation
  • Transpiration of Human Remains
  • Step-by-Step Guidelines for Transportation of Remains
  • Mortuary Care and Disposition of Remains