Fact Sheet: Emergency Field Hospital

The emergency field hospital is mobile and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice to provide emergency medical relief in disaster-stricken areas where the medical infrastructure is damaged, overwhelmed or nonexistent.


  • The emergency field hospital expands the Samaritan’s Purse medical response capacity by quickly putting equipment and resources in disaster areas.
  • This resource allows Samaritan’s Purse to serve as many people as possible with emergency medical care while also ministering to their spiritual needs.


  • The hospital is customizable to each response, tailored to the needs of the people in the disaster-stricken area.
  • In its entirety, the emergency field hospital is made up of all components listed below and spans nearly an acre:
    • Emergency room
    • Laboratory
    • Ultrasound imaging capabilities
    • 40 inpatient beds (may be deployed as 20, 30, or 40 beds)
    • Two operating rooms
    • Surgical sterilization tent
    • Digital X-ray capabilities
    • Critical care unit
  • With all of its components combined, the emergency field hospital has the capacity to treat more than 100 patients, perform 15 – 25 surgeries daily and function as a full hospital.
  • The hospital will be staffed with 20 – 60 medical personnel, including highly skilled physicians, nurses, surgeons, lab technicians, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, water and sanitation engineers, and other support services.
  • Staff members are experts in their field and participate in specialized training programs to prepare them to serve during a disaster.
  • A team of trained and skilled individuals deploys with the emergency field hospital to perform setup. The goal is to have the hospital up and running within 24 hours of arriving on-site.
  • The emergency field hospital arrives with all the necessary equipment to be self-sufficient, including generators and water purification systems.