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Sunday April 4 2010 / Science & Technology

This new concept for a flexible modular mobile hospitals by Monarch Systems has the merits of (relative) simplicity and the ablity to get first class medical car quickly to where its needed.

MONARCH™ (MObileNOmadicARCHitecture), the joint venture formed by SPEVCO (specialist vechicles) and Hord Coplan Macht (archetecture), is offering  a finished structure quantum leaps above any previous attempts at modular healthcare.  The MONARCH System will, for the first time, produce a fully-specified healthcare facility, able to open its doors with significantly less investment of resources. 

In this Monach design, 58 trailers provide a fully operational, fully mobile 48-bed hospital.   The trailers include every aspect of a hospital – from waiting gift shops, to surgical suites with 4 O.R.s, pharmacies and labs.   The design is the future of how westernized health care will travel abroad.  It is a system that effectively transforms health care for entire regions and countries over time, letting the hospital and care come to the patient.

Different trailers cater to different medical needs.  For instance, a single unit trailer (or 5-unit suites) would be specifically oriented to some aspect of patient care, such as a Women’s Health Clinic.  This 5-unit clinic could be shut down in one location, mobilized, and re-opened in about 2 to 3 days.  Thus, it would serve as an outreach model for major health care systems.

Other trailers may be outfitted for an imaging suite (including resources to perform an MRI, Mammography, CT Scan and X-Ray scanning, with a supporting nurse station and waiting area), a mobile health clinic ( for general health care including blood draw stations) and even an emergency suite (complete with 2 trauma bays with 8 urgent care beds and an ambulance bay to expand emergency care services for existing facilities).

 Another model is the ‘flagship hospital’, a teaching hospital that is sponsored and supported by a university level teaching hospital, educating the local medical population abroad to provide westernized health care.

The trailer complex has been designed to allow the entire hospital to be disassembled, moved to a new location, and re-opened in a mere 2 weeks.

Her's hoping we see this concept become a reality in teh not too distant future.

Suggested by
Maximilian Büsser