Boston opening new 1,000-bed field hospital at BCEC

Boston’s first field hospital opens Friday at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center to support local hospitals as they manage a surge in COVID-19 patients.Boston Hope is a 1,000-bed medical center for those recovering from COVID-19.Five hundred of the BCEC beds are designated for the city’s homeless population, and the other 500 are designated for noncritical patients.The Boston Hope Medical Center is a four-way collaboration between the state, the city, Partners HealthCare and Boston Health Care for the Homeless. Kevin Whitner, a patient care leader at Newton-Wellesley Hospital said they have already seen a surge of patients during the last two weeks, which is ahead of state predictions.“We opened up our second ICU. We converted a 24-bed surgical unit to a second ICU, and, in fact, what we’re seeing is about 90% of those patients require mechanical ventilation,” Whitner said. “They need to be on ventilators. That’s been our experience … Read More