Emergency Field Hospital (Fact Sheet)




  • The emergency field hospital is a mobile field hospital that is ready to deploy at a moment’s notice to provide emergency medical relief in disaster-stricken areas where the medical infrastructure is either damaged, overwhelmed or non-existent.
  • In April of 2016, following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Ecuador, Samaritan’s Purse first deployed its emergency field hospital. This gave Samaritan’s Purse doctors and nurses a physical location to provide life-saving medical care to earthquake victims.


  • The emergency field hospital expands the Samaritan’s Purse medical response capacity by putting the right equipment and resources at a mobile location.
  • The emergency field hospital gives Samaritan’s Purse the opportunity to serve as many people as possible with emergency medical care while also ministering to their spiritual needs.


  • It is designed to be customizable, meaning each response is unique and tailored to the needs of the people in the disaster-stricken area.
  • In its entirety, the emergency field hospital is made up of all of the components listed below and spans nearly an acre.

    • Emergency room
    • Laboratory
    • Ultrasound imaging capabilities
    • 40 in-patient beds (may be deployed as 20, 30, or 40 beds)
    • Two operating rooms
    • Surgical sterilization tent
    • Digital x-ray capabilities
    • Critical care unit
  • With all of its components combined, the emergency field hospital has the capacity to treat more than 100 patients each day, perform 15-25 surgeries daily, and function as a full hospital.
  • Anywhere from 20-60 medical personnel will staff the hospital, including highly skilled physicians, nurses, surgeons, lab technicians, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, water and sanitation engineers, and other support services.
  • Staff members are experts in their field and participate in specialized training programs that prepare them to serve during a disaster.
  • A team of trained and skilled individuals deploy with the emergency field hospital to perform the setup. The goal is to have it up and running within 24 hours once it is on the ground.
  • The emergency field hospital arrives with all of the necessary equipment to be self-sufficient including generators and water purification systems.