Major Haines has a family history of military service dating all the way back to the Revolutionary War, however he is the first military officer in his family. Coming from being stationed in Germany, he volunteered to join the 115th CSH.
What is a CSH? A Combat Support Hospital, pronounced “cash”, is a version of the US military’s modern field hospital. The equipment is usually brought in by aircraft or on truck. The first group to arrive to an area are the staking team. They will set the outlines of the hospital, which can easily take 3 to 5 acres of land. A typical CSH can have a 44 bed slice, and an 84 bed slice, although more beds are possible. Within 3 hours from hitting the ground the emergency section can be set up, and the CSH will grow as other sections are added on. Within 12 hours a CSH is able to treat emergency patients and perform surgery in the surgical suite. From there, the hospital expands to include the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) and the ICW (Intermediate Care Ward). Forty-four beds can be set up within 72 hours.
Medical care is the primary focus of a CSH, however there is much more involved with this system. A fully functioning hospital needs electricity, lights, climate control, and water pumping stations. All of these require lots of fuel and water to keep the CSH running. There is also a large logistical support necessary, including generators, kitchens, radiology, pharmacy, showers and laundry. A lot of people and specialties are required to come together to make the CSH and operational hospital.