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Franklin Graham Thanks Medical Team as Central Park Hospital Closes


Franklin Graham travelled to New York City on May 7 to thank Samaritan’s Purse staff members who have been working on the frontlines to care for COVID-19 patients at our Central Park Emergency Field Hospital.

“I want to thank all of you for everything you’ve done,” Graham said. “This hospital has been a beacon of life and a beacon of hope. You’ve been able to touch lives.”

Through our partnership with the Mount Sinai Health System, we treated more than 300 coronavirus patients in New York. We are thankful that our team got to see many patients recover and return home to their loved ones after being critically ill.

“I’m very grateful to the Mount Sinai Health System for adopting us and asking us to come,” Graham said. “It was their invitation that brought us here. They’ve been an incredible partner. We’re thankful for this opportunity to work in New York and for the people of New York and to do it in the Name of Jesus Christ.”

Our 14-tent, 68-bed respiratory care unit (RCU) opened on April 1 and was designed especially for this coronavirus response. All patients under Samaritan’s Purse care have now been discharged, and we are in the process of decontaminating and packing up the tents. We had not been receiving new patients at our RCU since Monday, as the surge in COVID-19 hospital admissions is finally reaching manageable levels.

Watch the video below to see an overview of our deployment and also how our team rejoiced every time they discharged a patient.

More than 240 relief specialists served at various times on our Disaster Assistance Response Team in New York.

Please continue to pray for the people of New York City and for the entire United States during this battle with COVID-19. 

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