UMass Dartmouth surge hospital to close

May 26, 2020

After admitting no patients, the Southcoast Health coronavirus surge hospital at UMass Dartmouth will soon be closed, according to a May 26 university press release.

Built in partnership with the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and located in the university’s Tripp Athletic Center, the hospital was meant for Covid-19 patients in the event that local hospitals became overwhelmed during the pandemic. 

The 98-bed facility was constructed in just days and housed high-tech equipment like mobile EKG machines, mobile workstations and crash carts, and even a portable X-ray machine.

Emergency Disaster Services out of Kentucky also provided air conditioners and a mobile unit with showers and sinks, alongside multiple restroom units and a laundry facility.

Of the dozens of contractors and engineers who helped put it all together, everyone had expressed a hope that it would never need to be used.

“It was not used at any point,” said Southcoast Health spokesperson Shawn Badgley. “During a recent surge, it was discussed as a possibility, but thankfully never had to be done.”

Southcoast Health and MEMA are currently removing all medical equipment from the site and the entire facility will be professionally cleaned, the release stated. The cleaning process is expected to finish on June 1.

Governor Charlie Baker announced the closure of 1,000-bed field hospital Boston Hope at a press conference on May 26, saying that the surge “is behind us.”

“The progress that we've made has only been made possible by everyone's willingness to do their part,” he said.

Joint Base Cape Cod and DCU Center field hospitals have already closed.