FEMA erects new National Mobile Disaster Hospital

A temporary hospital is rising amid the rubble left by the tornado that struck Louisville, Mississippi.

The National Mobile Disaster Hospital, part of FEMA and stationed in North Carolina, drove all the necessary pieces and units to Louisville over the weekend and Monday.

Winston Medical Center will now have an intensive care unit with 12 beds, a five bed emergency department, an x-ray unit, among other essential items.

“What we want to do is get operation as a hospital as quick as can and start providing the services that we normally provide as a hospital,” said Winston Medical Center Administrator Paul Black.

The disaster hospital catapults Louisville into the spotlight. It’s the first time FEMA has used it as a fully operational hospital in the entire country.

“It’s not a time that we want to be a bright and shining star in the eyes of others in the world,” said Louisville Mayor Will Hill. “But when you’re dealt this hand, we have to deal with it. We’re delighted that we’ve had the support.”

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