Mobile emergency center arrives in Pender County
BURGAW, NC (WECT) - With Pender Memorial Hospital temporarily closed by Florence, Atrium Health of Charlotte has stepped up to fill the void by deploying their mobile emergency center.
MED-1, a 14-bed emergency department on wheels, is staffed by 32 doctors, nurses, a physician assistant, pastoral service, and a behavioral health specialist.
"They will offer triage," said David Dudding, Pender County EMS & Fire battalion chief. "This team is a mobile ER who can deal with multiple medical emergencies including cardiac care, surgery, and trauma."
Pender EMS & Fire will transport injured or ill patients from western Pender County to the triage center, located at 200 W. Wilmington St., in the Family Dollar parking lot.
Dudding said patients can also be driven to the triage center by friends or family.
"We are working with local providers," said Kristy Haynes, manager of operations for MED-1. "We will be here as long as there is a need."
Haynes said the idea of taking doctors to the disaster was started by two healthcare providers from their medical group in Charlotte.
"We handle minor to critical 24/7," said Haynes.
For information about the triage center, call Pender EMS & Fire at 910-259-0891. For medical assistance and transport to the triage center call 911.
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