DRASH Keeps Marathon Runners On Track
Kaiser Permanente, the largest not-for-profit health plan in the United States, recently unveiled
its new DRASH medical surge facility at the 2010 Pasadena Marathon in California.
Pasadena, CA (Vocus) March 17, 2010 -- Kaiser Permanente, the largest not-for-profit health plan in the United
States, recently unveiled its new DRASH medical surge facility at the 2010 Pasadena Marathon in California.
The facility – comprised of three 519 square foot DRASH MX5 Shelters and a 195 square foot DRASH 2XB
Shelter – was used to treat more than 120 people.
Event medicine officials at Kaiser Permanente first became interested in purchasing a mobile surge facility more
than five years ago as a way to treat patients directly onsite during sporting events, such as a marathon. After
speaking with Kaiser Permanente Regional Emergency Preparedness Committee members it became clear that the
health organization needed a system that was flexible enough to be used during any large-scale emergency
“We originally requested a medical facility that we could use for sporting events, but as we began working with
the director of Emergency Preparedness, it became obvious that we needed a facility that could be set up not only
during a sporting event, but a large-scale emergency, such as an earthquake or other natural disaster, as well,”
says Dr. Thad Hummel Woodward, Kaiser’s Regional Director of Event Medicine in Southern California.
Kaiser Permanente allocated the funding needed to purchase their medical surge facility following last year’s
H1N1 outbreak. Though officials considered several shelter systems, they chose the nearly 1,700 square foot
DRASH facility after learning of its flexible and mobile design.
“We spent a lot of time researching the different shelters out there, but we ultimately decided that DRASH best
fit what we needed. The shelters are portable, easy to set up, flexible and durable,” says Woodward. “If these
things are able to withstand conditions in Ira