Samaritan's Purse field hospital in Central Park

Caring for COVID-19 Patients in Central Park

by Clem Boyd, Communication Content Manager

Danielle PriceNew York City has been the epicenter for the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Cedarville University alumna Danielle Price joined the fight against the pandemic there as a member of the team treating patients at a field hospital in Central Park.

Price, a 2012 graduate of the Cedarville University School of Nursing, served as an ICU nurse at the emergency field hospital operated by Samaritan’s Purse. The field hospital opened on April 1 and treated 190 COVID-19 patients.

The 14-tent, 68-bed respiratory care unit, located in Central Park’s East Meadow across the street from The Mount Sinai Hospital, was designed especially for this coronavirus response. The Emergency Field Hospital included 10 ICU beds equipped with ventilators.

The Samaritan’s Purse field hospital treated overflow patients from the Mount Sinai Health System.

Price serves as a nurse in a Dayton, Ohio-area hospital and had been caring for COVID-19 patients. She is also a paramedic with the Cedarville Township Volunteer Fire Department. 

— Danielle Price

Price joined a team of 70 doctors, nurses and other medical personnel and relief specialists in New York City who are members of the Samaritan’s Purse Disaster Assistance Response Team. She has been a part of the disaster response team for three years.

“This is not a decision that I took lightly,” Price said. “I went there to serve those infected by this virus. Ultimately this was about trusting God and praying that his will be done. I knew that he would be present, and I found complete fullness in that. He is sufficient in every moment.”

Her family supported her call to serve. “They’re used to me going places like this,” Price said. “They prayed and trusted God in that as well.”

Dr. Angie Mickle, dean of the Cedarville School of Nursing, was not surprised at Price’s decision to serve in New York.

“Danielle is a gem,” Mickle said. “She is the epitome of a servant-hearted nurse and emergency medical technician; she loves taking care of people. I’m so proud of her being one of our Cedarville 2012 alums.”

Located in southwest Ohio, Cedarville University is an accredited, Christ-centered, Baptist institution with an enrollment of 4,380 undergraduate, graduate and online students in more than 150 areas of study. Founded in 1887, Cedarville is recognized nationally for its authentic Christian community, rigorous academic programs, including its Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, strong graduation and retention rates, accredited professional and health science offerings and high student engagement ranking. For more information about the University, visit www.cedarville.edu.