Former President George W. Bush Visits Dallas Hospital That Faced Ebola

PHOTO: Former President George W. Bush walks into Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Nov. 7, 2014, where he visited with caregivers. PlayTexas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
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The Texas hospital that battled Ebola this fall got a special visit from former President George W. Bush today.

Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas became the first to diagnose an Ebola patient in the United States and then faced a nightmare as that patient died and two nurses became infected.

“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,” Bush told the hospital staff, including Ebola survivor nurse Amber Vinson. “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. As someone who has gone to Presbyterian hospital for care myself, 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.”

Today, Texas's Ebola ordeal ended when the last of its 177 people who had contact with the three Ebola patients completed the 21-day monitoring period, Ebola-free.

President Barack Obama also phoned Texas officials today including Gov. Rick Perry to thank them for their work on the Ebola situation.

PHOTO: Former President George W. Bush walks into Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Nov. 7, 2014, where he visited with caregivers. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas
Former President George W. Bush walks into Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas on Nov. 7, 2014, where he visited with caregivers.

PHOTO: Former President George Bush visits Texas Presbyterian hospital in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 7, 2014. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital
Former President George Bush visits Texas Presbyterian hospital in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 7, 2014.