The 18th annual Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival is taking place at Great Stage Park June 13-16 just outside of the Manchester, Tenn. city limits.
With over 80,000 music fans expected to be in attendance at this year’s festival, Unity Medical Center has taken steps to ensure its facilities can handle a heavy influx of patients in case of an emergency situation.
Unity maintenance workers, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Health South Central Region Emergency Preparedness, set up a tent equipped with emergency care capabilities known as the Alternate Care Unit (ACU). The ACU is located in the back of the hospital at 482 Interstate Drive.
“With an event the magnitude of the Bonnaroo music festival, we have to be cognizant of the possibility that we may see an influx of patients to our facility,” said Unity Medical Center CEO Martha McCormick. “You never want to think about a disaster type of situation, but the reality is we need to be prepared for that possibility.
“I am confident that our staff is trained, and our facilities are prepared for this busy time,” added McCormick. “Hopefully the ACU is something we won’t have to use at all."