COVID-19 Response

Two Field Hospitals Deployed: New York City and Italy

URGENT: Samaritan’s Purse has launched a major medical response as the coronavirus pandemic overwhelms hospitals. If you are a licensed healthcare worker, please sign up now to express your interest in serving in Jesus’ Name. You will be contacted as needs are determined. If you have questions, visit our DART page. To start your application please email employment@samaritan.ca

Samaritan’s Purse is running two respiratory care units for COVID-19 patients.

Samaritan’s Purse opened a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital in New York’s Central Park on April 1 to provide critical care for people seriously ill with the coronavirus.

A large Disaster Assistance Response Team, with more than 70 members including doctors, nurses, and other healthcare specialists, is on the ground working to help save lives. We are receiving COVID-19 patients from our partner in the city, Mount Sinai Health System.

This is what Samaritan’s Purse does—we respond in the middle of crises to help people in Jesus’ Name.”

“People are dying from the coronavirus, hospitals are out of beds, and the medical staff are overwhelmed,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “We are deploying our Emergency Field Hospital to New York to help carry this burden. This is what Samaritan’s Purse does—we respond in the middle of crises to help people in Jesus’ Name. Please pray for our teams and for everyone around the world affected by the virus.”

Responding to coronavirus in Italy

“You are a bright light—the first bright light in our dark sky,” said Giulio Gallera, the minister of health for the Lombardy region, at our hospital dedication.

Cremona Hospital has been forced to suspend all medical care, except for maternity and pediatrics, due to the overwhelming numbers of people suffering from this terrible disease. To date, no patients in the hospital’s intensive care unit have survived COVID-19.

“The situation in Italy is desperate. The hospitals are overrun and people are dying,” said Samaritan’s Purse President Franklin Graham. “We are called to respond in hard places. That’s why our team of disaster response specialists are on the front lines—providing life-saving medical care and sharing God’s love to people who are hurting.”

  • Our field hospital is set up in New York City's Central Park.
    Our field hospital is set up in New York City's Central Park.

We have been running a similar medical facility outside of Milan, Italy, since March 20. The 14-tent unit is set up adjacent to the Cremona Hospital in order to treat an overflow of coronavirus patients. Our DC-8 aircraft made two airlifts to Italy in order to deliver the hospital, 20 tons of supplies, and a large Disaster Assistance Response Team.

Dozens of disaster relief specialists, including doctors, nurses, and other medical personnel, will be serving in Jesus’ Name in both the United Sates and Italy to bring comfort and the hope of Christ to hurting people.

Our staff are working on the front lines in two of the worst affected areas in the world. New York City, the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak, has been staggered. Hundreds are dying daily in the city from the virus, and tens of thousands of cases have been reported across its five boroughs. As a nation, the United States now has the highest number of active COVID-19 cases in the world, with a total of more than 200,000.

The city of Cremona, in northern Italy’s Lombardy region, is at the heart of the pandemic in Europe. The death toll across Italy is more than 13,000—the largest grim total for any nation in the world.

Cremona Hospital has been forced to suspend all medical care, except for maternity and pediatrics, due to the overwhelming numbers of people suffering from this terrible disease.

Please pray for our medical teams serving in New York City and Cremona and for the patients who will be treated at both of our facilities. Pray for those sick with this coronavirus and their families around the world, and that this pandemic will soon come to an end.


Samaritan’s Purse has launched a major medical response as the coronavirus pandemic overwhelms hospitals. If you are a licensed healthcare worker, please sign up now to express your interest in serving in Jesus’ Name. You will be contacted as needs are determined. If you have questions, visit our DART page. To start your application, please email employment@samaritan.ca

 

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