Emergency Field Hospital (Fact Sheet)


  • The emergency field hospital is mobile and ready to deploy at a moment’s notice to provide emergency medical relief in disaster-stricken areas where the medical infrastructure is damaged, overwhelmed or nonexistent.
  • 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.
  • In January of 2017, Samaritan’s Purse deployed the emergency field hospital to Iraq. Located on the outskirts of Mosul, Samaritan’s Purse is able to provide trauma care for victims of war as the conflict between coalition forces and ISIS terrorists continues.


  • The emergency field hospital expands the Samaritan’s Purse medical response capacity by quickly putting the right equipment and resources in disaster areas.
  • This resource allows Samaritan’s Purse to serve as many people as possible with emergency medical care while also ministering to their spiritual needs.


  • The hospital 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 the components listed below and spans nearly an acre:

    • Emergency room
    • Laboratory
    • Ultrasound imaging capabilities
    • More than 50 inpatient 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.
  • When deployed, the hospital is staffed with 20 – 60 medical personnel, including highly skilled physicians, nurses, surgeons, lab technicians, anesthesiologists, pharmacists, water and sanitation engineers, and other support-services professionals.
  • Staff members are experts in their fields and participate in specialized training programs to prepare them to serve during a disaster.
  • A team of trained and skilled individuals deploys with the emergency field hospital to perform setup. The goal is to have the hospital up and running within 24 hours of arriving on-site.
  • The emergency field hospital arrives with all of the necessary equipment to be self-sufficient, including generators and water purification systems.