Methodist in the Media

Medical Overflow Tents Go Up at Local Hospitals

Published: April 7, 2020

At the request of Pottawattamie County Emergency Management, members of the Iowa National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 168th Infantry set up medical tents in the parking lots at Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital and CHI Health Mercy Hospital on Monday.

Meanwhile, Methodist Fremont Health plans to erect a temporary emergency preparedness tent on the southeastern area of the hospital parking lot. 

The tents are part of a protocol designed to assist the hospitals with the management of a surge of potential COVID-19 patients.

“Public Health and the local health care systems are doing everything they can to prepare for the worst-case scenario,” said Doug Reed, Pottawattamie County Emergency Management director. “If we see an influx (of patients), this is all part of the hospitals’ surge plans.”

Daily Nonpareil: Medical overflow tents go up at local hospitals as county continues to prepare for 'worst case scenario'

Fremont Tribune: Methodist Fremont Health continues preparations for possible surge in COVID-19 patients