Samaritan’s Purse will begin the construction of a 30-bed, emergency field hospital on the grounds of Caldwell UNC Health Care in Lenoir, Friday (January 1). The unit will provide regional COVID-19 care support, assisting five health systems in western North Carolina. Those systems are Caldwell UNC Health Care, Appalachian Regional Health Care in Boone, Catawba Valley Health System in Hickory, Carolinas Healthcare System Blue Ridge in Morganton, and Frye Regional Medical Center in Hickory.
The Caldwell UNC site was chose for the field hospital due to its central location and ability to provide support services. Patients receiving treatment at the field hospital will be limited to those who are COVID-positive but do not need the support of a ventilator.