FCA has lent a 2,000 m² area of its Fiat Clube to the Municipality of Betim for a 200-bed field hospital dedicated to treat Covid-19 patients in the city, which is home to one of the largest Fiat manufacturing plants in the world. This is the first field hospital ready for operation in the state of Minas Gerais. The hospital includes an ICU too.
The field hospital occupies two floors of the main Fiat Clube building. The first floor houses the beds and clinics, while the second floor is reserved for the health care staff – including a cafeteria, changing rooms, resting rooms, warehouse and offices.
FCA has also donated a Fiat Ducato van modified as an ambulance to help support the field hospital’s operations. The company is also producing 3D-printed plastic face shields for donation to health care workers in Minas and Pernambuco. FCA further said that its engineers and technicians are also working to restore out-of-service ventilators from the public and private health systems in the states of Minas Gerais, Pernambuco and Paraíba.
The company is installing another field hospital in Goiana, State of Pernambuco, which is home to a Jeep manufacturing complex. This hospital will have 100 beds dedicated to treat COVID-19 patients. Its operations are planned to start by the end of April.