Samaritan’s Purse Field Hospital Opens in WNC

THE SAMARITAN’S PURSE 30-BED EMERGENCY UNIT IS SUPPORTING NEARBY MEDICAL CENTERS AS THEY REACH CAPACITY DUE TO RISING CORONAVIRUS HOSPITALIZATIONS.

The Emergency Field Hospital has opened in Lenoir, North Carolina, and our medical team is already treating patients from surrounding communities. The organization expects a steady influx of patients to arrive over the next several days as they help five regional healthcare systems respond to a spike in COVID-19 cases.

“These hospitals have come to us for help because they are full, and case numbers continue to rise,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “This is our home state, and we appreciate the frontline workers battling COVID day in and day out. We are glad that we can be there to help lift the load. Our medical team is going to help provide professional, compassionate, and quality care to every patient who is sent to us.”

The five regional medical partners that the field unit supports are:

  • Caldwell UNC Health Care (Lenoir)
  • Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (Boone)
  • Catawba Valley Health System (Hickory)
  • Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge (Morganton)
  • Frye Regional Medical Center (Hickory)

The mobile unit is staffed by a team of disaster relief personnel, including doctors, nurses, and other healthcare specialists. Patients receiving treatment at the site will be limited to those who are COVID-positive but do not need the support of a ventilator.

This marks the fourth time Samaritan’s Purse has operated a field hospital in response to the novel coronavirus pandemic (New York City; Italy; the Bahamas).

Please continue to pray for all those suffering with COVID-19 and for the medical teams providing critical care.

Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world.  For more information, visit their website here.

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