September 24, 2014 - Truman Medical Centers(TMC) Corporate Director of Infection Prevention/Control has been chosen by the World Health Organization (WHO) to travel to Western Africa for the next month as part of a six-person team of consultants. He will travel to Geneva, Switzerland for two days of training before continuing on to Africa.
“This mission is important as reports show the disease doubling every three weeks and as a result, health professionals work to expedite the creation of additional treatment sites, hospitals and clinics to contain the disease and prevent a global issue,” Button said. “It is also important to note that the healthcare system in the United States and most of the world is much different than that of Western Africa, in our system we could much more easily contain such an outbreak and it is important we work to help impart our knowledge and expertise to our African counterparts.”
Button will be the infection prevention/control professional on his team and will work with the WHO consultants to ensure that proper infection control principles are being utilized, proper training procedures are being followed and that education is provided for prevention of the spread of the disease in the areas of patient treatment. He will also make recommendations to improve processes that will help expedite the creation of additional treatment areas for the disease.
Prior to his service with TMC, Button served as Director of Infection Prevention for the Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas and Director of Infection Prevention and Control for the Medical Center of McKinney, Texas. He holds certification in infection control and was recruited for this trip to Africa by the Association of Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology.