Hospital ship heads to Haiti to help quake survivorsThe ship has an 80-bed intensive care unit, a 20-bed recovery room and 16 wards for patients and their families
By Steve Sternberg
ONBOARD THE USNS COMFORT — As the ship pitched and rolled beneath them, two dozen doctors and nurses staged their first rehearsal Monday for an expected onslaught of Haitian earthquake survivors.
The medical team is part of a contingent of doctors, nurses and technicians onboard the Comfort, one of the world's biggest hospital ships that is the flagship of a massive U.S. humanitarian rescue mission, dubbed Operation Unified Response in Haiti. The ship left the Port of Baltimore on Saturday in a record 66 hours after receiving orders to provide medical care to desperate people 1,300 nautical miles away.