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caption: U.S. Army soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord set up a 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
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U.S. Army soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord set up a 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Photos: CenturyLink transforms into a military field hospital

In less than 48 hours, the CenturyLink Field Event Center has been transformed into a 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients in the Seattle-area.

Soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital in Fort Carson, Colorado, and soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord deployed the hospital over Monday and Tuesday this week.

“We’re very honored to be here and be a part of this mission,” said Col. Laura Elliott, commander of the 62nd Medical Brigade stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

“We anticipate we’ll be here until FEMA says there’s no longer a mission or no longer a need here,” Col. Elliott said. “We could be here 60 days; we could be here six months. We simply don’t know at this time but we are prepared to stay here as long as we are needed and provide the support to the community.”

The field hospital includes an emergency room area, x-ray capabilities, a patient administration division, a lab area, microbiology, blood banking, operating room suites, as well as minimal care, intermediate care and intensive care units.

“Within 48 hours of notification, we answered the nation's call," said Col. Hope Williamson-Younce, commander of the 627th Hospital Center, from Fort Carson, Colorado.

"We have medical doctors, nurses and support staff from all over the nation. They have mobilized in a moment’s notice to support our brothers and sisters here in Seattle, Washington.”

Below are scenes from a 30-minute media tour of the field hospital on Tuesday.

caption: U.S. Army soldiers are shown in the lab area of a military field hospital being deployed by soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, along with soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. The 250-bed hospital will be for non COVID-19 patients.
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U.S. Army soldiers are shown in the lab area of a military field hospital being deployed by soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, along with soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. The 250-bed hospital will be for non COVID-19 patients.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: U.S. Army soldiers are shown in the operating room of a military field hospital set up by soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. The 250-bed hospital will be for non COVID-19 patients.
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U.S. Army soldiers are shown in the operating room of a military field hospital set up by soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. The 250-bed hospital will be for non COVID-19 patients.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Col. Laura Elliott, commander of the 62nd Medical Brigade stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord attends a press conference on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. “We could be here sixty days; we could be here six months," said Col. Elliott.
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Col. Laura Elliott, commander of the 62nd Medical Brigade stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord attends a press conference on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. “We could be here sixty days; we could be here six months," said Col. Elliott.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: U.S. Army soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord set up a military field hospital on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. The 250-bed hospital will be for non COVID-19 patients.
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U.S. Army soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord set up a military field hospital on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. The 250-bed hospital will be for non COVID-19 patients.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: U.S. Army soldiers Viviana Alvarez, left, and Maria Cuevas, right, from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, set up patient monitors in the ICU area of a 250-bed military field hospital being deployed alongside soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. The hospital will be for non COVID-19 patients.
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U.S. Army soldiers Viviana Alvarez, left, and Maria Cuevas, right, from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, set up patient monitors in the ICU area of a 250-bed military field hospital being deployed alongside soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. The hospital will be for non COVID-19 patients.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: U.S. Army soldiers are shown in the operating room of a military field hospital set up by soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. The 250-bed hospital will be for non COVID-19 patients.
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U.S. Army soldiers are shown in the operating room of a military field hospital set up by soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. The 250-bed hospital will be for non COVID-19 patients.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Medical supplies are shown in the ICU area of a 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients set up by soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
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Medical supplies are shown in the ICU area of a 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients set up by soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: U.S. Army soldiers are shown in the surgical area of a military field hospital set up by soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
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U.S. Army soldiers are shown in the surgical area of a military field hospital set up by soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: Col. Hope Williamson-Younce, commander of the 627th Hospital Center, speaks during a press conference on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. “Within 48 hours of notification, we answered the nations call," said Col. Williamson-Younce. "We have medical doctors, nurses and support staff from all over the nation. They have mobilized in a moment’s notice to support our brothers and sisters here in Seattle, Washington.”
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Col. Hope Williamson-Younce, commander of the 627th Hospital Center, speaks during a press conference on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle. “Within 48 hours of notification, we answered the nations call," said Col. Williamson-Younce. "We have medical doctors, nurses and support staff from all over the nation. They have mobilized in a moment’s notice to support our brothers and sisters here in Seattle, Washington.”
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: U.S. Army soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord set up a 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
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U.S. Army soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord set up a 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: U.S. Army soldiers walk next to a mural of Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, on Occidental Avenue South in Seattle. Soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord set up a 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients at the CenturyLink Field Event Center.
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U.S. Army soldiers walk next to a mural of Seahawks wide receiver Tyler Lockett on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, on Occidental Avenue South in Seattle. Soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord set up a 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients at the CenturyLink Field Event Center.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: U.S. Army soldiers store medical supplies on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients deployed at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
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U.S. Army soldiers store medical supplies on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients deployed at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: U.S. Army soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord set up a 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
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U.S. Army soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord set up a 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: U.S. Army soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord set up a 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
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U.S. Army soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord set up a 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: U.S. Army soldiers stand in the x-ray area of the military field hospital being deployed by soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
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U.S. Army soldiers stand in the x-ray area of the military field hospital being deployed by soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer
caption: U.S. Army soldier Sara Dulmaine sorts medical supplies in the ICU area of a 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients being deployed by soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
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U.S. Army soldier Sara Dulmaine sorts medical supplies in the ICU area of a 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients being deployed by soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as from Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center in Seattle.
Credit: KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer