The Mobile Disaster Hospital (MDH), located in North Carolina under the auspices of the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services (NCOEMS), is a medical continuity of operations asset to aid in the recovery of healthcare infrastructure and support community resiliency in times of a disaster.

Operational Overview

The Mobile Disaster Hospital can be deployed in the continental United States (CONUS) or outside the continental United States (OCONUS) to augment and/or temporarily replace a medical facility or local healthcare infrastructure affected by a disaster or emergent event. The MDH is scalable and modular in its design to meet the varied needs of that specific community.

For CONUS deployments, the MDH is available via Emergency Management Assistance Compact and functions under the direction of the requesting host organization while on station.

The goal is to deploy by ground within twenty four to forty-eight (24-48) hours of mission approval and assignment. All units can begin operations within forty-eight (48) hours after arrival, with the exception of the ICU which can be operational within seventy-two (72) hours.

The MDH will deploy with a MDH Hospital Support Team (HST) that primarily includes logistic support, clinical technical advisors, and emergency management liaisons. To aid in community recovery, the intent is for local healthcare organization personnel to staff the unit(s) so that local personnel are able to continue to work and aid in the economic recovery. However, upon request, medical personnel may be provided via FEMA/HHS Region IV and/or North Carolina State Medical Response System.

The following capabilities are available:

  • Two (2) 5-bed mobile emergency departments
    • Option of stocked or empty based on local supply chain needs
  • The below capabilities are available via tent/soft-structure or hard-structure flex space and can be scaled based on need:
    • emergency department
    • ICU
    • in-patient medical unit
    • support services: x-ray, clinical lab, mobile pharmacy, central medical supply

Based upon mission requirements of the requesting agency a combination of these functional units may be customized or scaled to meet the local need. Additionally, the Concept of Operations (CONOPS) for each functional unit above is available upon request. The following are a brief overview of the local site requirements:

  • External, hard surface that is well-drained that is clear of overhead obstacles.
  • Space for rotary wing landing zone.
  • Ability to tie into utilities (i.e. water, sewer, and electrical) if possible.