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Catastrophes happen. Whether there is a hurricane, tornado or other damaging weather-related event, or an act of terrorism or other purposeful violence, people will need medical care in such disasters.

When hospital infrastructure is damaged or capacity diminished, the need for surge relief can be very real, and may last for weeks. Atrium Health MED-1 is a mobile hospital that provides that care, and is the first of its kind.

Atrium Health MED-1 is a mobile hospital designed to provide comprehensive patient care at the site of a disaster or other mass casualty incident.

Owned by Atrium Health and based in Charlotte, NC, this versatile facility can also be used to temporarily replace or supplement a hospital emergency department and is also an excellent option for providing on-site medical care for community or sporting events and other attractions with large crowds.

Contact Atrium Health MED-1

For more information about Atrium Health MED-1, email

For 24-hour emergency response, call 1-800-421-9195 and requesting activation of the Atrium Health MED-1 Mobile Hospital. 

Atrium Health MED-1 Capabilities and Requirements


  • MED-1 travels as two 53-foot tractor trailers plus other support vehicles
  • Can be operational within 30 minutes of arrival at the site
  • Completely self-sustaining for the first 72 hours using generators or local shore power
  • 72 hours of Emergency Department supplies travel with the fleet
  • 1,000-square-foot patient care component, equipped and staffed to manage minor to severe emergency medical conditions, including operative trauma surgery and intensive medical care
  • Six critical care beds, including two isolated beds where surgical procedures may be performed
  • Full trauma surgery and anesthetic capabilities
  • Emergency department acute care beds and a dental/EENT chair

Physical requirements:

  • Hard surface, preferably a concrete pad, although asphalt is acceptable
  • The footprint of the hospital only — without the deployable tent — is 120 x 25 feet, plus nearby space to park the accompanying supply unit
  • In the unusual event that the tent should be deployed to increase capacity for patient care, dormitory or other uses, that footprint would be 120 x 120 feet
  • Additional boot connector available to integrate seamlessly with other disaster or regional response teams utilizing tent based facilities

The following may also be deployed according to need:

  • Shower/laundry truck
  • Dormitory facilities (44-foot and 20-foot equipment trailers plus tow vehicles)
  • Maintenance truck (ambulance-sized vehicle)
  • Vehicle for towing
  • SUV for staff transportation