Scripps would staff California mobile field hospital
San Diego, CA (Vocus) January 16, 2010 -- In response to the disastrous earthquake in Haiti, the State of California has asked Scripps Health to prepare its Hospital Administrative Support Unit (HASU) and the Scripps Medical Response Team (SMRT) for deployment to Haiti with one of the state’s mobile field hospitals. The deployment would be under the authority of the State of California and the United States government.
At this time, Scripps is waiting for final notice of deployment and has enlisted nearly 100 medical personnel – physicians, nurses, technicians and administrators - to staff a mobile field hospital. Teams of approximately 55 will serve two weeks in Haiti and be replaced by a new team of volunteers.
“There are people suffering in Haiti and we have an opportunity to reach out in a very real way because of our expertise and experience after Hurricane Katrina to staff and run a mobile field hospital and bring care to those in desperate need,” said Scripps CEO Chris Van Gorder, who will join the first Scripps team to Haiti.
California maintains three mobile field hospitals available for medical support. A 23,000-square-foot mobile field hospital is designed to provide a completely self-sustained emergency medical operation with 222 beds within 72 hours.
The mobile hospital includes a power generation system, HVAC systems, electrical distribution systems, and specialized mobile medical equipment including ventilators, monitors, diagnostic equipment, portable oxygen delivery systems, emergency/triage facilities, an operating room, two intensive care units with a total of 20 beds, 180 ward beds, and mobile radiology, laboratory and pharmacy supply units. It requires space of approximately two football fields to set up and operate.
The hospital is designed to also provide for special patient population needs including pediatric care units, obstetrics and gynecology units, orthopedic and neurology units and a negative pressure isolation ward for highly infectious patients. The mobile hospital is equipped to provide meals for all patients and staff, potable water service, waste water removal, trash removal, medical waste removal, showers, toilets, laundry facilities, oxygen cylinder refill service and fuel delivery service for power generation systems. In addition, it includes a 6,500 square foot complex to house medical staff.
In the aftermath of the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Scripps Health established an office of disaster preparedness, which deploys the Scripps Medical Response Team in times of medical emergency.
SMRT has been deployed at home and out of state to assist disaster survivors.
Founded in 1924 by philanthropist Ellen Browning Scripps, Scripps Health is a $2 billion nonprofit community health system based in San Diego, Calif. Scripps cares for half-a-million patients annually through the dedication of 2,600 affiliated physicians and 12,700 plus employees. It includes five acute-care hospital campuses, home health care services, and an ambulatory care network of clinics, physician offices and outpatient centers. Recognized as a leader in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, Scripps is also at the forefront of clinical research and graduate medical education. In 2008, Scripps committed more than $150 million in capital and facility improvements across the San Diego region while providing significant charity care to the community – more than $268 million in uncompensated care in 2008. Scripps Health Foundation generated $46 million in charitable donations in 2008 to support the Scripps mission.
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