MIAMI – Jackson Memorial Hospital today celebrated the inauguration of a Mobile Triage Unit (MTU) to help the hospital provide safer and more effective treatment for infectious disease patients in South Florida. A Reed Smith team played a key role in the project, providing pro bono legal guidance in structuring, negotiating and documenting the equipment lease transaction that accommodated the needs of all parties regarding the installation of the MTU. This unit is among the first of its kind designed to isolate and treat patients with infectious diseases, including COVID-19, thereby relieving the burden on the larger hospital system.
MTU ribbon cutting

Led by Associate Andrea Dinamarco and with key support from Richard Tannenbaum, a Partner in the Asset & Equipment Finance practice, and Yun (Joy) Zhang, a Counsel in the Tax practice, the Reed Smith team represented the Global Surgical and Medical Support Group (GSMSG), a nonprofit organization, in providing a free multi-year equipment lease of the MTU to Jackson Health System. Made up of seven interconnected enclosures, the MTU is designed to provide a standalone and structurally isolated facility to treat up to 11 patients with infectious diseases safely outside of the hospital. This separate unit will free up Emergency Department (ED) beds for patients in critical condition.

“Reed Smith is dedicated and committed to the communities where we live and work,” said Constantine Karides, Managing Partner of Reed Smith’s Miami Office. “COVID-19 has had a devastating impact in South Florida, as well as across our nation. We are pleased we can support the heroic efforts of Jackson Memorial and the Global Surgical and Medical Support Group and contribute to our community’s efforts to battle the pandemic and other infection disease outbreaks.”

HHI Corporation, an Ogden, Utah-based contractor, designed and built the MTU, specifically to treat infectious diseases. HHI then donated the MTU to GSMSG, through a rigorous selection process. GSMSG’s mission is to provide direct medical and surgical care to communities caught in disaster and conflict areas as well as training to indigenous populations in order to ensure a long-lasting impact all at no cost to the communities being served.

Since the MTU is fully mobile and can be redeployed within a matter of hours to other locations, GSMSG negotiated the right to move and use the MTU, as permitted, for several weeks a year to support communities facing an increased demand for medical facilities to treat infectious disease outbreaks.