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CHCC to set up field hospital in parking lot

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THE hospital’s capacity has not yet been reached, but the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. is already setting up a field hospital in the upper parking lot area of its Navy Hill campus, CHCC Chief Executive Officer Esther Muna said.

Construction workers are seen in the CHCC parking lot where a field hospital will be set up.

Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio


On Wednesday, Muna issued a memorandum to employees, informing them that the upper level parking area of CHCC will no longer be available for use.
“In a collaborative effort, the governor’s Covid-19 Task Force, the [Commonwealth Utilities Corp.] and other agencies will work alongside CHCC to set up a 50-bed field hospital in the upper parking lot area of the Navy Hill campus,” Muna said.
On Wednesday, a group of construction workers started clearing the parking lot.
The field hospital is part of a “preparedness and infection control measure in the event that we experience a surge of patients who need isolated hospital care due to Covid-19,” Muna said.
Employees and hospital visitors were advised to park in the lower level parking areas, or at the tennis courts at the corner of Navy Hill and Middle roads. A Commonwealth Office of Transport Authority bus will shuttle employees to and from the tennis courts, but passengers are required to wear a face mask.
CHCC’s drive-thru pharmacy will continue in the lower level parking area.

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