Samaritan’s Purse Opens Emergency Field Hospital For COVID-19 Patients In Lenoir, NC

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BOONE, N.C. — Officials with Samaritan’s Purse say its 30-bed Emergency Field Hospital in Lenoir, North Carolina is now open to assist COVID patients in order to relieve the burden rising case counts have had on five local healthcare systems.

Samaritan’s Purse transported the Emergency Field Hospital from its warehouse in North Wilkesboro to its current location next to Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir on Friday, according to a news release.

Officials say they have a team of 46 disaster response specialists, which includes 24 medical professionals, who will run the field hospital.

“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.”

Officials say partner hospitals will decide which patients will be transported to the field hospital.

“This battle against COVID is really a community-wide and region-wide effort. Now, with the arrival of Samaritan’s Purse and the personnel that they are bringing, it is a national effort. It takes all of us working together,” said Laura Easton, president and CEO of Caldwell UNC Health Care. “My hope is that we get through this surge and have taken outstanding care of every citizen who has a need.”

Original Story (12/31/20):

LENOIR, N.C. — Samaritan’s Purse begins construction of a 30-day bed, emergency field hospital on January 1st on the grounds of Caldwell UNC Health Care in Lenoir, N.C. to assist five health systems in western North Carolina with their COVID-19 patients.

  • 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).

Officials say the Caldwell UNC site was chosen for its central location and ability to provide support services.

Only patients who are COVID positive, but do not need the support of a ventilator, will be able to receive treatment at the new field hospital, according to a news release.

“On behalf of all the health systems participating in this effort, I’d like to thank Samaritan’s Purse for making this investment in the well-being of our communities. Planning for this added capacity now will help us provide the level of care our communities need as volumes continue to grow in our region,” noted Laura Easton, President and CEO of Caldwell UNC Health Care.

Officials with Samaritan’s Purse say they have deployed field hospitals during the pandemic in both NYC and Italy, and the organization has agreed to construct, supply, and coordinate staffing for the 30-daybed field hospital in Lenoir.

Organizers and participating hospitals say more details will be released as the field hospital nears completion.