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Dallas Convention Center Will Be Texas’ First Field Hospital


By Cathy Jakicic Emergency Preparedness
Dallas Convention Center

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in downtown Dallas will be the site of Texas’ first pop-up hospital to treat coronavirus patients, according to the Dallas Morning News.

The Army Corp. of Engineers assisted by the Texas National Guard, initially will set up 250 beds, he said. The convention center will be able to accommodate as many as 1,400 beds if needed.

Rocky Vaz, the city’s director of emergency management said that the pop-up hospital would be a last resort and that county and healthcare officials are trying to sort through the logistics.

City Council member Lee Kleinman said he would have preferred using a shutdown Parkland hospital over the convention center, which will have to draw major events to Dallas after the coronavirus pandemic is over.

Cathryn Jakicic is healthcare industries editor of FacilitiesNet.com. For more information on hospital campuses and other medical facilities, click here.

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