President Barack Obama on Wednesday thanked health care workers at the hospital in Dallas where a patient died of Ebola and two nurses became infected with the virus earlier this month.
In a telephone call, Obama "offered his personal thanks...on behalf of a grateful nation" to workers at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, the facility where Thomas Eric Duncan was treated and later died from Ebola. After two nurses who treated him fell ill, officials began to question the hospital's safety practices.
Texas Presbyterian's chief clinical officer told CNN that his hospital "fell short" in its care of Duncan. He said the hospital didn't conduct sufficient training in handling Ebola patients.
The 900-bed facility has seen its patient count dwindle to 300, CDC officials told CNN. The two nurses who were infected were transferred to other hospitals.
On Wednesday Obama praised the Dallas workers' "unflagging dedication" and their " tireless efforts to treat these patients despite the difficult conditions." He said health workers nationwide are "absolutely indispensable."