MED-1 History

After large- scale disasters, whether natural, technological or manmade, significant strain is placed on the local and regional energy resources. Fuel is needed to power generators to preserve food, heat homes, illuminate buildings and store life- saving medical supplies.

Imagine the scene… On May 24th, 2011 a massive tornado ripped through Joplin, MO. On the ground, in the Emergency Department, “wind roars with such force the steel beams supporting the hospital’s top floors twist four inches. Glass explodes from every window…lights flicker and die. The building jolts and is cloaked in blackness. Both generators, main and backup, have been blasted from their foundations… explosive natural gas spews from broken pipes.” In minutes, 116 are dead and the local hospital destroyed. Power is lost. Now, imagine the capability to deploy a stand- alone, off -grid, mobile advanced care facility that could be fully operational within 45 minutes of arrival on scene. The next generation Carolinas Healthcare System’s MED-1 is this asset. MED-1 will utilize a distributed generation (DG) concept and smart grid technology to integrate solar, wind, high efficiency batteries, low waste LED lights and hyper-efficient cables/wiring into a self sustained emergency medical and trauma care facility with minimal reliance on fossil fuel or local power grids. The increased efficiency and integration of renewable energy will expand MED-1’s time on station and reduce logistical support requirements. Most importantly, MED-1 will require no local expendable resources.

Carolinas Healthcare System MED-1 History

MED-1 provides a comprehensive level of patient care services at the site of mass gatherings, a major disaster or mass casualty incident. The climate controlled patient care component is designed and equipped to manage severe emergency medical conditions, including operative trauma and intensive medical care. MED-1 has a long history of community engagement and disaster response. In 2005, MED-1 deployed to Waveland, MS in response to Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, MED-1 was on scene during the devastating floods in Indiana. Closer to home, MED-1 is supporting community health outreach programs such as Heart of a Champion, an effort to screen young athletes and identify life threatening heart defects before they manifest.

The mission of the MED-1 Green project is to create a state of the art, mobile emergency department that leverages smart energy technology to expand mission capabilities and reduce environmental impact. In short, to heal our community without harming our environment. The project has three immediate goals:

1. To design and build the next generation MED-1 with full integration of high efficiency measures and renewable energy.

2. To create multi- stakeholder leadership team from the healthcare, energy, technology, and environmental sciences.

3. To provide an analytics platform for the real life deployment of cutting edge renewable energy technology

Charlotte is emerging as an intellectual and business hub for smart energy and health technology innovation. Deeply ingrained in our community is a sense of social responsibility and innovation. The MED-1 Green Project is collaboration between Carolinas Healthcare System and local renewable energy leaders- Lime Energy and SEWW Energy.