The First Responder
Rebecca Milner, International Medical Corps
Who do you call when you need to move a mobile hospital the size of a football field across the world at a moment’s notice?”Read more
International Medical Corps dreamt of the perfect solution to help injured disaster survivors — a portable, rapidly deployable, fully functional hospital. Rebecca Milner explains how FedEx helped to make the impossible possible.
After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, International Medical Corps maintained a 60-bed portable field hospital in Boise, Idaho, ready to deploy for the largest natural disasters. But a disaster of the magnitude of the Haiti earthquake hasn’t occurred again.
We knew that we could use the hospital to save lives and treat injuries in smaller–scale emergencies. We needed the right collaborator to help us develop a more flexible and easily deployable version of the hospital.”
Around twelve FedEx logistics experts have offered their services. They helped us figure out how to make the hospital more modular, for easier transport, and recommended moving it to Memphis, Tennessee, for quick access to the FedEx world hub. From there, FedEx will deploy all or part of the hospital for us in its aircraft and be on the ground as soon as humanly possible, saving lives.”