State Sen. Kay Kirkpatrick, a physician who is a member of the corps, said the state has eight of these mobile tent hospitals in trailers around the state that can deployed as needed. Kirkpatrick said the mobile units have lights, power and partitions to create separate rooms and handle almost anything that’s done in a brick-and-mortar hospital.
The Medical Reserve Corps is a state organization of 100 citizen volunteers, including more than 60 physicians, which provides manpower and mobile hospitals to augment disaster response in times of crisis. The corps, which has 19 units in Georgia, operates under the direction of the Georgia Department of Public Health, and the state of Georgia owns and controls the assets.
A nurse stands Tuesday at the entrance to the mobile surge unit tent outside the emergency entrance at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Curtis Compton email@example.com
Harvey told the AJC he had not heard whether he would be asked to deploy additional multi-purpose facilities around the state. But everything is changing by the minute, he said, and everyone is doing their best to try to address needs.