Serious Infectious Disease Network (SIDN)

The Serious Infectious Disease Network (SIDN) is a group of hospitals that safely provide appropriate care and management of patients with potentially highly infectious diseases. Alabama uses a tiered approach to identify patients presenting with diseases of concern and to coordinate the appropriate response among local, state, and federal partners.

Hospitals in Alabama will fall into one of two categories:

  • Frontline Hospitals
  • Assessment Hospitals

 Frontline Hospitals:

  • Consist of Acute Care Hospitals, Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Centers and other clinical care areas. These facilities should utilize the Centers for Disease Control decision algorithm of Identify, Isolate, and Inform.
  • Guidance for Frontline Hospitals

Assessment hospitals:

  • have completed a rigorous review and intense planning activities that demonstrate their ability and dedication to care for a patient with a possible serious infectious disease such as Ebola;
  • receive and isolate the suspected patient, coordinate and collaborate with Alabama Department of Public Health in the initial evaluation and appropriate testing;
  • care for the patients until Ebola or other infectious diseases are confirmed or ruled out; and
  • coordinate with ADPH the transport of the patient to an Ebola treatment facility if laboratory results are confirmatory.
  • Guidance for Assessment Hospitals

The Centers for Disease Control has partnered with the National Ebola Training Education Center (NETEC). This site provides educational power point presentations, exercise templates, and general information about Ebola, MERS and other infectious diseases.

Alabama Department of Public Health, Bureau of Clinical Laboratories offers a list of specimen testing analytes:

For more information, visit the Alabama Department of Public Health Center for Emergency Preparedness.


Page last updated: September 7, 2017