On Monday, medical staff who are expected to provide care at a facility dubbed the “COVID Surge Facility” arrived at Temple University’s (TU’s) Liacouras Center. Later this week, it will begin admitting COVID-19 patients, according to a report by CBS affiliate 3Philly. Philadelphia city ambulances will also arrive once the site opens for patients.
The Center, usually used for concerts and as TU’s home basketball court, has moved in 180 hospital beds and medical equipment to prepare for COVID-19 patients who not able to be accepted into local hospitals.
The university offered its main campus to the city of Philadelphia for free after the owner of the now-vacant Hahnemann Hospital wanted to charge the city for its use.