Israel Defense Forces Field Hospital Ranked "Number One in the World" by WHO

 The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) Medical Corps received the first “Type 3” designation by the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO). At a ceremony last week, the Israeli field hospital, comprised of 30 medical shelters from Alaska Structures Inc., was described as “the number one in the world”. In the wake of a sudden onset disaster (SOD), the Type 3 designation will ensure the Israeli medical team and field hospital will continue to be the first allowed on the scene to provide emergency medicine and services.

To earn the Type 3 designation, the IDF’s field hospital must have 40 inpatient beds, two operating rooms capable of performing 15 to 30 surgeries per day, and provide other services such as rehabilitation. The IDF field hospital far surpasses the Type 3 requirement, technically making it a “Type 3 Plus” system - is equipped with 86 inpatient beds, four operating rooms, and has the ability to carry out plastic surgery and OB/GYN care.

It is a "national treasure" that has the capabilities of an advanced, permanent hospital but can be setup almost anywhere in under 12 hours.

Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Ofer Merin, Field Hospital Commander

16 foreign medical teams (FMTs) have been awarded Type 1 or Type 2 designations by the WHO. The IDF Medical Corps is the only medical team and field hospital, with a military component to have been awarded the Type 3 designation. There are currently no other Type 3 classifications in the process of being verified, stated Dr. Ian Norton, the lead author of the classification system and Head of the WHO delegation.

It is a “national treasure” that has the capabilities of an advanced, permanent hospital but can be setup almost anywhere in under 12 hours, stated its commander, Lt. Col. (res.) Dr. Ofer Merin.

A formal ceremony being held in Hong Kong at the end of the month will award the IDF Medical Corps members with special patches. Helping other countries in need is “the most effective kind of diplomacy” stated former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman.

Since 1999, Alaska Structures has provided more than 35,000 American-made military shelters and over 17,000 Environmental Control Units (ECU) to U.S. and other; Military Forces around the world.

Source: Alaska Structures Inc.


Categories: Hospitals and Clinics, Military and Defense, Medical

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