UMass Dartmouth field hospital set up ‘quickly’

Apr 19, 2020

A new 140-bed field hospital was assembled at the UMass Dartmouth Tripp Athletic Center last week in preparation for moving in medical equipment and staff to care for patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

By Friday, partitions and cots had already been put up in the gymnasium, and a lull had fallen over the space. 

“It’s incredible they put it together so quickly,” said UMass Dartmouth spokesman Ryan Merrill. “The hard part will be all the medical equipment.”

The hospital will officially open on the 27th, Merrill noted. “Unless something very drastically changes, which let’s hope doesn’t happen.”