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Connecticut mobile hospital receives $8 million in federal funding

Emergency Management Alert, November 4, 2008

Connecticut is looking to become a national resource for mobile hospitals. The $8 million in federal funding should certainly help.
 
The Connecticut Department of Health (DPH) announced last week that the money would go towards building a Center of Excellence in disaster response training. The project will revolve around the Ottilie W. Lundgren Memorial Field Hospital, a state-of-the-art 100-bed mobile field hospital. The mobile hospital can be deployed as four 25-bed units that can operate independently or jointly to provide treatment anywhere in the state.
 
Funding will help develop policies and protocols for the facility, perhaps evolving into a national guideline for emergency response systems. The partnership between DPH, the Connecticut Air Guard, the Connecticut Fire Academy, and the state’s 31 acute care hospitals will focus on scenarios relating to bioterrorism, infectious disease outbreaks, and mass casualties.
 
For the full press release, click here.

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