"The Ronan Report" provides insight about the activities at the Western Maryland Health System in Cumberland, Maryland, and about the changes taking place in healthcare today from a CEO's perspective.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Mobile Hospital

At WMHS over the last 24 hours, we have been using our mobile hospital for mass flu vaccinations of our staff.  The purpose was three fold: getting as many employees vaccinated at one time; to test the mass inoculation process and to put our mobile hospital to the test in the event of a catastrophic event.  As you can see from the photos, it is pretty big at 72 feet in length and 23 feet in width.  It can accommodate 16 patients at a time; it closely resembles a MASH hospital.    However, it actually assembles in minutes.  You roll it out, hook up the air pump and you're done.  It has hookups for HVAC, lighting and electric.  It also has a self-contained generator.  We have used the mobile hospital before to test the assembly, but have never used it for medical purposes, at least until now.  In the first 10 hours of operation, we vaccinated over 600 employees.  Great outcome, so far.

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