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Mobile field hospitals help overloaded OC Hospitals deal with COVID-19 surge

KCBS, Dec. 30, 2020 (Video)

December 30, 2020

Mobile field hospitals help overloaded OC Hospitals deal with COVID-19 surge

A new mobile hospital has taken over the parking lot at UCI Medical Center in Orange. In its second day of operation, doctors say the unit is getting busy — just as was intended. “I like to think of the mobile field hospital as something we did in a proactive way to get ahead of us ever having to shut down,” said Dr. Sebastian Schubl, a trauma surgeon who runs the field hospital. “We can’t stop being the only level one trauma center.” … “Our beds and our ICUs are normally very very full,” said UCI Health CEO Chad Lefteris. “This is somewhat normal for us, but we’re also making sure we’re planning for worst and hoping for the best as we go forward.”