Samaritan’s Purse receives worldwide acclaim for its Operation Christmas Child program. It donates a shoebox full of essentials to children who have very little during the holiday season. Toiletries, toys, and more get packed into shoeboxes to be distributed throughout the world.
What many people don’t know about Samaritan’s Purse is that it has a comprehensive emergency response team. You can find their volunteers fighting Ebola in Africa, responding to hurricanes, and providing medical care wherever it is needed.
When COVID-19 struck New York City particularly hard, Governor Andrew Cuomo turned to the agency for help. That’s when Samaritan’s Purse constructed a field hospital in Central Park.
The Facility Treated About 50 People at a Time
The field hospital that Samaritan’s Purse brought to NYC consisted of 14 tents that provided 68 beds – including 10 ICU beds equipped with ventilators. Then the Christian organization partnered with the Mount Sinai Health System to care for people when local hospitals didn’t have enough room or resources to provide service.
Samaritan’s Purse sent a team of over 70 doctors, nurses, and miscellaneous medical personnel to provide expert services.
When the first patients started arriving, the medical staff discovered how fast COVID-19 could act. Many described the progression of symptoms as something that they’d never seen before.
The organization responded to other calls for help, including an emergency field hospital that got set up outside of Milan with similar capabilities. Several other states also requested their services to help fight COVID-19 successfully.