Donor Brings Mobile Command Center to Palomar Medical Center Poway


07.27.2020

Palomar Medical Center Poway has a new tool to isolate potential positive COVID-19 patients from other patients thanks to a generous donation from the CEO/Cofounder of Ready America, which is headquartered in Vista and specializes in emergency preparedness equipment.

Dean Reese donated a 48-foot, highly upgraded command center trailer to the Palomar Health Foundation this month that will be used for the foreseeable future to diagnose, test and treat suspected COVID-19 patients. Formally known as an “Incident Command Center,” the trailer is large enough to safely socially distance five patients at a time.

Medical staff had been directing patients with COVID-like symptoms to tents outside the Emergency Department but with summer temperatures heating up it was becoming increasingly uncomfortable for patients and staff. The trailer is climate controlled and an overall more protective environment. If a patient with COVID-19 is admitted for treatment, they are placed in a Negative Pressure Room inside the hospital.

Once the pandemic is over, the trailer will be repurposed for other needs and can be towed anywhere on its three axles and six wheels. Originally customized for a wealthy private citizen, the trailer is outfitted with an open floor plan, kitchen, full-size refrigerator, stove, microwave, sink, toilet and hot shower making it a perfect option to be used as a command center in the event of a disaster. The trailer is set up with solar, a gas generator and wiring for computers, phones and other technology.

Photo caption: The mobile command center is being repurposed for COVID-19 patients until the pandemic is over.


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