[COVID-19] FieraMilanoCity Repurposed into a Temporary Hospital in 10 Days

[COVID-19] FieraMilanoCity Repurposed into a Temporary Hospital in 10 Days
Courtesy of Ospedale Fiera Milano

Although the Salone del Mobile was canceled for the year 2020, the Fondazione Fiera Milano provided Portello pavilions 1 and 2 at Fieramilanocity which has been converted into a new hospital with intensive care center units to accommodate and treat patients who are infected with COVID-19.

Milan— The Fiera Milano Hospital for COVID-19 patients, constructed in Portello Pavilions 1 and 2 at fieramilanocity, was delivered on March 31

The pavilions were converted into intensive care units under the project Ospedale Fiera Milano, the largest ever temporary healthcare structure built in Italy in only 10 days.

The two pavilions represent over 25,000 square meters of surface, in which special modules, also known as containers, were set up equipped with beds for the care of the COVID-19 patients.

As of March 31, the first four modules—each one made up of two hospitalization units and one ancillary services unit—have been built. A total of 53 beds in real hospital rooms were constructed in Pavilion 2 by Aria SpA.

Another 7 modules are still in construction in Pavilion 1 which will add 104 more beds. A total of 200 beds are set to occupy the Portello Pavilions 1 and 2. Once the whole facility is operational, there will be 200 medical specialists in the anesthesia and resuscitation areas.

Courtesy of Ospedale Fiera Milano

The last update on the progress of the hospital was on the Ospedale Fiera Milano website on March 31.

The “Fiera” Hospital of Intensive Emergency Therapy Covid19 was commissioned by the Lombardy Region, in collaboration with the IRCCS Ca ‘Grande Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico Foundation. 

It is a full-fledged hospital, capable of being fully operational. Not just a hospital stay for coronavirus patients but a facility capable of treating any other related disease.

Polyclinico General Manager Ezio Belleri is managing the hospital built which is expected to have 500 nurses and 200 medical professionals, working and treating patients who will come from all over Italy. 

Watch the video below of the construction of the hospital, in Italian only.

21 Million Euros from Donations Bring Project into Fruition

The hospital was built from a huge effort organized by the Italian government and partners at the Ospedale Fiera Milano that called in people to donate online, resulting in a total of 21 million euros collected. Constructing the hospital in 10 days was a challenge that was successfully done with operational support from Fiera Milano, CISOM (Order of Malta Italian Relief) and 500 people working three shifts day and night with the support of almost 100 companies that participated. The structure will remain standing until the last cases of patients with COVID-19 are discharged. 

Arrangements have been done with the Policlinico Milan for the disassembly of the hospital and storage of materials used in its structure in a warehouse for reuse after the war against COVID-19 is over. 

The hospital’s construction was led by former Civil Protection Chief and Lombardy region’s Coronavirus consultant Guido Bertolaso, who became infected with COVID-19 during the work. While Bertolaso was confined, the hospital continued to be built until it reached completion of Phase 1. Bertolaso shared in a message that was read during the inauguration that “We didn’t build a field hospital, we created a real specialist hospital”. A promise kept despite all the hard challenges that the large pop-up hospital faced during its construction in a span of 10 days.

A Symbol of Recovery

The temporary hospital is now an inspiring structure that has become a point of resuscitation for the whole countryhope . The government is also considering to reproduce what was done in Milan and build temporary intensive care facilities in the center and south of Italy, which are also greatly affected by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Attilio Fontana, President of the Lombardy region, has expressed enthusiasm about the newly inaugurated hospital as a symbol of victory that will soon be attained against COVID-19. Milan it seems, has become a center not only for design but a center of during this difficult period for all Italians and people all over the world united together in the fight against one common enemy. 

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