COVID-19 Field Hospital Opens At Boston Convention Center

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center has been turned into a 1,000-bed field hospital amid the coronavirus crisis. This is the first field hospital for the city, and the second in the state.

The location is for patients who do not need intensive care. It is meant to help alleviate the strain on hospitals expected to take the most severe cases of COVID-19.

Partners HealthCare worked with Gov. Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and Boston Health Care for the Homeless to set up the field hospital. The effort is being called "Boston Hope."

“I’d like to extend my thanks to Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh and their teams for the opportunity to bring our clinical skills to serve the patients who will be admitted to Boston Hope,” Anne Klibanski, MD, President and CEO of Partners HealthCare, said. “In unprecedented times like these, we are grateful to be able to respond with every resource possible and work together to deliver the care and compassion patients deserve.”

Mayor Walsh said the city is "focused on protecting our fellow Bostonians, especially the most vulnerable among us."

He has also been asking qualified medical professionals to apply to work at the convention center.

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