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The MONARCH System for a Mobile & Modular Hospital
Posted By Bridgette Meinhold On April 2, 2010 @ 11:47 am In Architecture,Design,Design for Health | 1 Comment
In the event of a calamity or a natural disaster like the recent earthquakes, a mobile hospital would be a very good thing to set up on location. How about a design like this, which is both mobile and modular, and *we think* also solar powered. The MONARCH Systems Mobile Hospital is designed by Baltimore-based firm Hord Coplan Macht in partnership with SPEVCO, a custom fabricator of specialty vehicles and trailers. Specialty semi-trailers outfitted with the latest in medical equipment and hospital services could be driven to location and assembled into a fully operational hospital in less than 2 weeks.
MONARCH™, which stands for MObileNOmadicARCHitecture, is a system for providing scalable medical care , and the modular design of the trailers allows customization for the required situation. Each trailer is customized to a different medical need, whether that be patient rooms, surgical suites, clinics, cafeterias, labs, and more. A group of trailers can be assembled into one large complex in order to offer a full-scale hospital, a teaching facility, or maybe just a few trailers for a local health clinic , which could be set up in a couple days.
Hord Coplan Macht and SPEVCO are jointly working on this mobile 48-bed acute care hospital and presenting the design at the upcoming Arab Health 2010 Congress in Dubai, which is why the renderings show it placed in a desert surrounded by palm trees. Although we are fully in support of accessible medical care for everyone  and love the modular  nature of this design, we are a bit skeptical based on the description we read over at ArchDaily . Based on their info, the MONARCH seems a bit like propaganda for western based medicine, or maybe just a movie set complete with gift shop and craft service. We applaud the spirit of the project and hope they’ve thought through all the design challenges of a mobile medical facility, especially providing power and water. And we sincerely hope that those trailers are covered in solar panels .
+ SPEVCO 
Via ArchDaily 
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URLs in this post:
 scalable medical care: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/03/04/stacked-shipping-container-medical-complex-in-sudan/
 local health clinic: http://www.inhabitat.com/2009/10/30/shipping-container-health-clinics-for-developing-countires/
 accessible medical care for everyone: http://www.inhabitat.com/design-for-health/
 modular: http://www.inhabitat.com/2010/02/05/prefab-friday-prototype-for-the-house-arc-modular-home-unveiled/
 ArchDaily: http://www.archdaily.com/54890/mobile-hospital-hord-coplan-macht-spevco/
 solar panels: http://inhabitat.com../solar-power
 + Hord Coplan Macht: http://www.hcm2.com/
 + SPEVCO: http://www.spevco.com/
 Monarch Systems Mobile Hospital Initiative: http://vimeo.com/10532104
 David Lopez: http://vimeo.com/user3481955
 Vimeo: http://vimeo.com
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