COVID-19 North Carolina Response

Samaritan’s Purse has deployed an Emergency Field Hospital to western North Carolina as the global Coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the region’s medical infrastructure. In partnership with five health systems in western North Carolina, Samaritan’s Purse doctors and nurses will care for COVID-19 patients—showing God’s love and reminding them that they are not forgotten.

Press Releases

  • Jan. 1

    Samaritan’s Purse Accepts First Patient at Western North Carolina Emergency Field Hospital

    Today, Samaritan’s Purse opened its 30-bed Emergency Field Hospital in Lenoir, North Carolina.

  • Dec. 31

    Samaritan’s Purse Joins Several NC Hospitals to Provide COVID-19 Field Hospital

    Samaritan’s Purse will begin the construction of a 30-bed, emergency field hospital on the grounds of Caldwell UNC Health Care in Lenoir, NC on Friday, January 1st.

Fact Sheets

Key Quotes

  • Franklin Graham

    President of Samaritan’s Purse

    “These hospitals have come to us for help because they are full, and case numbers continue to rise. This is our home state, and we appreciate the frontline workers battling COVID day in and day out. We are glad that we can be there to help lift the load. Our medical team is going to help provide professional, compassionate, and quality care to every patient who is sent to us.”

  • Laura Easton

    President and CEO of Caldwell UNC Health Care

    “This battle against COVID is really a community-wide and region-wide effort. Now, with the arrival of Samaritan’s Purse and the personnel that they are bringing, it is a national effort. It takes all of us working together. My hope is that we get through this surge and have taken outstanding care of every citizen who has a need.”

  • Franklin Graham

    President of Samaritan’s Purse

    “We have deployed Emergency Field Hospitals around the world in response to hurricanes, earthquakes, and disease. Now, it is needed in our own backyard. We are grateful we can come alongside North Carolina hospitals in Jesus’ Name to care for patients suffering from the coronavirus.”

  • Dr. Elliott Tenpenny

    Director of the Samaritan’s Purse International Health Unit

    “Coronavirus cases are at an all-time high in western North Carolina and hospitals are experiencing an influx of patients and lack of capacity. We are grateful for the opportunity to implement the knowledge and resources gained this past year to provide critical COVID care to our neighboring communities.”

  • Edward Graham

    Assistant to the Vice President of Programs and Government Relations for Samaritan’s Purse

    “At Samaritan’s Purse, we respond to difficult circumstances around the world in Jesus’ Name. Right now, those difficult circumstances are in our home state of North Carolina— the hospitals are full and positive case numbers continue to climb. We want to help relieve the burden on the local healthcare system and bring surge capacity. I pray that God would use our doctors and nurses to show the love of Christ in this moment of need.”

B-Roll

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  • Western NC Patient Care

  • Lenoir Emergency Field Hospital. Caldwell Hospital. COVID Response

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  • January 2021: The Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital departs the organization's North Wilkesboro warehouse en route to Caldwell Memorial Hospital in Lenoir, NC. Download
  • January 2021: The 30-bed Emergency Field Hospital was transported on Samaritan's Purse tractor-trailers from the organization's warehouse in North Wilkesboro. After arriving on site, the hospital, specialized as a respiratory care unit, was constructed by team members. Download
  • January 2021: The Samaritan's Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team begins to construct the 30-bed Emergency Field Hospital adjacent to Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Download
  • January 2021: Samaritan's Purse is partnering with five area healthcare systems to provide added medical care to western North Carolina coronavirus patients. Download
  • January 2021: On January 1, the 30-bed Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital—specialized as a respiratory care unit—was transported from the organization’s warehouse in North Wilkesboro on two tractor-trailers. Once on-site, the Disaster Assistance Response Team began to construct the hospital in the parking lot of Caldwell Memorial Hospital. Download
  • January 2021: In 2020, Samaritan's Purse deployed three Emergency Field Hospitals around the world in response to COVID-19. Now, the international Christian relief organization is providing added medical capacity to neighboring western North Carolina communities. Download
  • January 2021: This is the fourth Emergency Field Hospital that Samaritan's Purse has deployed in response to coronavirus—treating more than 680 patients at respiratory care units in Italy, New York City, and the Bahamas in 2020. Download
  • January 2021: Samaritan's Purse team members construct a 30-bed Emergency Field Hospital in Lenoir, North Carolina. The mobile hospital will provide critical care to coronavirus patients in partnership with five helathcare systems. Download
  • January 2021: Members of the Lenoir Fire Department and Samaritan's Purse gather to pray before constructing the Emergency Field Hospital in Lenoir, North Carolina. Download
  • January 2021: The Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital is supporing five western North Carolina healthcare systems in the fight against COVID-19. Download
  • January 2021: The Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital, constructed adjacent to Caldwell Memorial Hospital, will treat coronavirus patients as area medical facilities have become overwhelmed by the influx of positive cases. Download
  • January 2021: Samaritan's Purse is constructing a 30-bed Emergency Field Hospital in western North Carolina to aid area hospitals as positive cases continue to climb. Download
  • January 2021: The Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital opened on January 6, adding necessary coronavirus capacity to five western North Carolina health care systems. Download
  • January 2021: Chaplains with the Billy Graham Rapid Response team pray over patient beds before patients are admitted to the Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital in Lenoir, NC. Download
  • January 2021: Samaritan's Purse medical staff are providing supplementary coronavirus care at a 30-bed Emergency Field Hospital in western North Carolina. Download
  • January 2021: Samaritan's Purse has opened a 30-bed Emergency Field Hospital to provide critical coronavirus care in partnership with five area health systems. Download
  • January 2021: The first patient arrives at the Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital; transferred from one of five area hospital partners. Download
  • January 2021: The first coronavirus patient arrives at the Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital in western North Carolina. Download
  • January 2021: Samaritan's Purse doctors and nurses don personal protective equipment (PPE) before treating COVID-19 patients at the Emergency Field Hospital in western North Carolina. Download
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