Photos: The military field hospital at CenturyLink is ready to receive patients
“We are ready to receive the patients as soon as Washington has the need to send the patients to us, " said Col. Laura Elliott, Commander of the 62nd Medical Brigade, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. "We are ready now."
"All we await is that call for the first patient to come in," Elliott said.
The 250-bed military field hospital for non COVID-19 patients is complete. On Sunday, media was invited for a 30-minute tour to see the progress inside the CenturyLink Field Event Center.
"It's been a whirlwind establishing the hospital," said Col. Amal Chatila, Commander of the 47th Combat Support Hospital.
It took roughly one week for the hospital to be deployed by U.S. Army soldiers from the 627th Army Hospital from Fort Carson, Colorado, as well as soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The field hospital includes an emergency room area, x-ray capabilities, a patient administration division, a lab area, microbiology, blood banking, an isolation unit, operating room suites, sterilization, as well as minimal care, intermediate care and intensive care units.
Below are scenes from the field hospital on Sunday, April 5, at the CenturyLink Field Event Center.