Nashville Parking Garage Converted Into Temporary Hospital

March 22, 2020, 2:40 PM

The Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, TN has converted a parking garage into a temporary hospital. The parking garage is separate from the main hospital. Vanderbilt University claims there is enough distance to prevent others from becoming infected with coronavirus.

The garage was retrofitted with a dropped ceiling and temporary flooring.

Here is the statement issued by VUMC:

"Like many other large academic medical centers, Vanderbilt University Medical Center has established an area that is away from the main emergency department to treat potential COVID-19 patients.

Many of you may have seen photos shared on social media that this area is part of the “hospital overflow.” This is incorrect.

The area, in an adjacent parking garage, is separated from the Adult Emergency Department to create appropriate distance from other patients and to protect from potential exposure to COVID-19.

The area was created with walk-in and stretcher areas for the Adult Emergency Department and EMS use. We feel it’s better to be prepared than not."

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