Grady Adds Mobile Emergency Unit to Handle Flood of Flu Cases



Grady Memorial Hospital is the nation's first to expand its emergency care capacity in response to this year's exceptional flu season, adding a specialized mobile emergency room to help handle patient overflow. The trailer, called a Carolinas Med-1, is also a first, built in 1998 and used in Hurricane Katrina and other disasters. It adds space for 14 patients. Opened Tuesday, January 30, it saw 83 patients in its first 23 hours. Dr. Hany Atallah, chief of emergency medicine at Grady, says he hopes it will take the load off the emergency room by at least 100 patients a day, perhaps up to 150.