Crossett, AR, July 10, 2018- Ashley County Medical Center, ACMC, serves
an active role in the Southeast Regional Emergency Preparedness in Arkansas.
ACMC was recently selected to house one of four Mobile Hospital Trailers
in the state. “We are privileged to house one of four mobile hospital
trailers in the state of Arkansas,” says Phillip Gilmore, CEO of
Ashley County Medical Center. “Having this piece of equipment is
vital to our region. We never know when a disaster will hit, but we can
do all we can to try and be prepared in case one happens. Having this
mobile hospital will allow any hospital in the region and state to still
provide medical care if their facility is damaged or inoperable,”
In 2014, the seven regions of the Arkansas Hospital Preparedness Program
jointly purchased three mobile hospital trailers and recently purchased
a fourth to be housed at ACMC. The mobile hospital trailers are designed
as easily-transported units that can be deployed to supplement a hospital’s
infrastructure. In event of a disaster and a hospital’s structure
receives damage and rendered inoperable, inhabitable, or is overwhelmed,
the mobile hospital can be used as an alternate or secondary facility.
The mobile hospital is a 20-bed mobile unit. It has an inflatable structure
with electricity and oxygen supplied at each bed. The system can be interconnected
with the other three in the state to create a larger 80-bed setup if needed.
The systems do not include pharmaceuticals or diagnostic equipment, although
a reserve of mobile diagnostic equipment is accessible that can be deployed
alongside the mobile hospital trailers if needed.
These mobile hospital trailers are jointly shared between all of the state
hospitals but housed in different regions for faster activation when needed.
Little Rock, Jonesboro, and Fayetteville house the other three mobile
hospital trailers in the state.