COVID-19 U.S. Response Press Kit

Samaritan’s Purse is bringing critical surge capacity and emergency relief to families impacted by the deadly COVID-19 outbreak in New York. The international Christian relief organization deployed its Emergency Field Hospital and disaster response specialists—including doctors, nurses, lab technicians, and other support staff—to set up the field hospital in New York, where the coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the local medical capacity.

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Franklin Graham visits the Samaritan’s Purse Emergency Field Hospital in New York City to encourage team members as they help coronavirus patients in Jesus’ Name. Download
Franklin Graham and his daughter Cissie Graham Lynch practice proper infection prevention and control (IPC) by washing their hands while visiting the Samaritan’s Purse respiratory care unit in Central Park. Download
Samaritan’s Purse is partnering with Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City to provide critical medical care to coronavirus patients. Here, Dr. Reich, president of Mount Sinai Hospital, speaks with Franklin Graham at the 68-bed hospital constructed in Central Park Download
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The Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital is being deployed to New York, where the coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the local medical capacity.

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This 68-bed unit has a unique layout with specialized equipment to provide the highest level of respiratory care to patients who are suffering from the coronavirus.

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The Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital is being deployed to New York, where the coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the local medical capacity.

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Samaritan's Purse prepares to transport a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital to New York.

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This 68-bed unit has a unique layout with specialized equipment to provide the highest level of respiratory care to patients who are suffering from the coronavirus.

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The United States now has the largest outbreak of COVID-19 with nearly half of the cases in New York state. Thousands of new cases are reported each day. The need for intensive care beds has quickly overwhelmed the healthcare system’s capacity.

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The Samaritan's Purse Emergency Field Hospital is being deployed to New York, where the coronavirus pandemic has overwhelmed the local medical capacity.

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Press Releases
Apr. 1

Samaritan's Purse, in Collaboration with Mount Sinai Health System, Opens Emergency Field Hospital in New York's Central Park in Response to the Coronavirus Pandemic

International Christian Relief Organization Responds at Epicenter in U.S. and Italy Read full Press Release

Mar. 28

Samaritan’s Purse Deploys Emergency Field Hospital to New York City; Adding Life-Saving Medical Surge Capacity

International Christian Relief Organization Responds at the Epicenter of the Coronavirus in the U.S. Read full Press Release

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  • Ken Isaacs

    May 1

    “This is the first time that Samaritan’s Purse has managed two Emergency Field Hospitals simultaneously, but it's even more than that. One of them is in Italy, and the other is in the United States—both of them are in first world countries. They’re both fighting infectious disease.”

  • Ken Isaacs

    May 1

    “There is fear all over the world right now. I respect and admire all those who have come here to work in New York City and Cremona, Italy, during this time, and to help in Jesus' Name. They're dedicated to our mission, dedicated to serving, and dedicated to helping. I can't say enough about that.”

  • Franklin Graham

    March 28

    “People are dying from the coronavirus, hospitals are out of beds, and the medical staff are overwhelmed,” said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan’s Purse. “We are deploying our Emergency Field Hospital to New York to meet this critical need. This is what Samaritan’s Purse does—we respond in the middle of crises to help people in Jesus’ Name. Please pray for our teams and for everyone around the world affected by the virus.”

  • Elliott Tenpenny

    March 27

    “It’s challenging to go to any place that has an infectious disease, but Samaritan’s Purse stands ready to bring critical relief to families impacted by disasters around the world. We’ve responded to infectious diseases similar to this before—including cholera, Ebola, and diphtheria,” said Samaritan’s Purse team lead Dr. Elliott Tenpenny. “Please pray for our teams on the ground in New York as they bring life-saving care to those affected by COVID-19.”

  • Brock Kreitzburg

    March 27

    “We go to places around the world, and we provide hope to people who are overwhelmed. We help people who are hurting spiritually and physically in the Name of Jesus Christ,” said Samaritan’s Purse response manager Brock Kreitzburg.

  • Luther Harrison

    March 28

    “Our U.S. Disaster Relief team, international relief team, medical ministries—the whole organization—has come together for this response at the two epicenters of the disease. This is what it means to be the Body of Christ. We’re all coming together to represent the Lord, and every role is important from the doctors to the logistics people to the mechanics.”

  • Luther Harrison

    March 28

    “It touches your heart to see how we’re able to respond here in the United States at the same time that we’re responding in Italy. This whole team is committed to doing all they can to help people in Jesus’ Name.”

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