Per its location on the blast door map, the Staff appeared to be located somewhere on the western portion of the Island. From the survivor's camp, it took about half a day or so to get there and back. No orientation film for the Staff was found, and unlike the Swan and the Arrow stations, there was no "quarantine" warning on the station's doors.
The vial at the Staff marked with the station logo and CR 4-81516-23 42.
Staff doctor applying vaccines ("The Man Behind the Curtain")
The Staff was built at some point prior to 1973. Clearly a medical station of some form, it is not entirely clear what its original purpose was within the DHARMA Initiative. It should be noted that the Staff was located well away from other DHARMA facilities - and clearly it was not used for day-to-day medical issues of DHARMA personnel as the Barracks had its own infirmary. DHARMA personnel from the Staff were seen performing vaccinations upon Ben's arrival on the Island in 1973. Claire later observed a number of similar vaccine vials stamped with the station logo when she was abducted by the Others. Additionally medical kits stenciled with the Staff logo were found at other stations across the Island. ("Maternity Leave") ("Enter 77") ("The Man Behind the Curtain")
The Others were aware of and used the Staff for a significant period of time after the Purge -- specifically for continuing research as to why pregnant women were dying on the Island. Juliet was one of their researchers and clearly had visited the Staff on numerous occasions. The Others appeared to have also been using the station as a staging area where they would don their disguises - designed to hide their sophisticated lifestyle from the survivors. ("Maternity Leave") ("One of Us") ("D.O.C.")
Days 16–27 (Season 2)
After her abduction, Claire was taken by Ethan to the Staff where she was kept drugged, was given injections, and underwent at least one surgical procedure: the insertion of an unknown implant which could be controlled remotely. Ostensibly abducted as a research control, it appeared from Claire's perspective that the Others were working towards cutting her unborn child out of her at the facility. Before the procedure could be performed, Alex drugged Claire unconscious and took her away from the station, ultimately saving her life. After Claire's escape, the Others moved most of the medical equipment into a hidden vault and abandoned the facility, possibly fearing she might return with the other survivors. She initially retained no memory of her time at the Staff. ("Maternity Leave")
Oceanic 815 survivors
Day 59 (Season 2)
Once Claire's memories began to return, she and Kate sought out Rousseau, and the three of them went looking for the Staff. They found it, still deserted, and they searched it for answers about Claire's abduction, the vaccine, and Rousseau's missing child, Alex. The visit helped Claire regain the rest of her missing memories, including those of Alex, but they ultimately found no trace of her. ("Maternity Leave")
Days 85–86 (Season 3)
Juliet took Sun to the station to give her an ultrasound and revealed the existence of the hidden vault. The purpose of the visit was to determine if Sun's baby was concieved on or off the Island, and by extension if it came from Jae Lee or Jin. Their discovery was that the conception happened after the crash, meaning that Sun would die if she did not make it off the Island. Nonetheless, she was grateful to learn that the baby was Jin's. ("D.O.C.")
This was the catalyst that convinced Juliet to betray her fellow Others and reveal to Jack the Others' plan to kidnap the survivors' pregnant women. ("Operation: Sleeper") ("The Man Behind the Curtain")
Day 98 (Season 4)
When Jack became sick with appendicitis, Juliet determined that he needed to be operated on to have his appendix removed. She sent Sun and Jin out to the Staff to retrieve the surgical instruments and other supplies needed for Jack's surgery, as Sun had been to the Staff before and knew where it was. Daniel Faraday and Charlotte Lewis accompanied Sun and Jin to the station to assist in identifying and retrieving the surgical instruments. ("Something Nice Back Home")
The Escape Hatch seen in the corridor
The Staff complex was located underground and consisted of a number of rooms branching off from a central corridor.
The doors to the Staff
Two large doors were set at an angle into a hillside akin to a cellar door form the main entrance to the station. The doors prominently displayed the the Staff logo. When revisited by Claire, the Others had concealed the entrance with a plastic tarp which was further covered with leaves and branches. Beyond the doors, a short flight of stairs led down to a ramp descending to the central corridor. Adjacent to the stairs was a small locker which contained working flashlights. ("Maternity Leave")
The Staff also appeared to be equipped with some form of loudspeaker system capable of broadcasting an alarm which could be heard quite some distance away from the station. ("Maternity Leave")
The Staff corridor during Claire's first visit
A total of at least seven doors were visible in the Staff's corridor: a pair of double doors at the far end leading to an operating theater / examination room, two doors leading into the nursery, a door leading to the locker room, a pair of doors facing each other leading to unknown rooms, and another smaller doorway stenciled "Escape Hatch." The corridor's ceiling apparently sustained some severe damage at some time after the station's abandonment by the DHARMA Initiative.
The operating theater being prepared for Claire
One of the major rooms in the Staff was used as an operating theater.
Claire and Ethan in the operating theater
Before Flight 815 crashed, the Others, including Juliet, Ethan, and Goodwin, performed surgery in this room on a pregnant woman named Sabine. It was implied that a number of other similar surgeries had taken place here. ("One of Us")
During her captivity, Claire was given prenatal care in this same room by Ethan. She was also injected with an unknown substance labeled CR 481516-23 42 purportedly as a vaccination for her and the baby. Later, the Others appeared to be preparing the room for surgery - what Claire believed was the induced childbirth of Aaron. ("Maternity Leave")
Among the equipment visible in the room was an Acoustic Imaging 5200 ultrasound scanner, which was first marketed in 1992. There was also a freezer storage-type unit containing a large quantity of vials containing the CR 481516-23 42 solution. When the station was abandoned, this equipment was moved into the secret vault by the Others. ("Maternity Leave")
Another room in the Staff was used as a nursery, where Claire was kept during her captivity. It was decorated and stocked and was apparently where Aaron would live for an indefinite amount of time. This room also had its contents stored in the secret vault after the Others abandoned the station, although traces of the wall decorations were still visible. ("Maternity Leave")
Among the furniture in the room was a crib that had a mobile with Oceanic airplanes hanging from it. The plane mobile played the song "Catch a Falling Star", which Claire requested be sung to the baby after his adoption. The crib in the nursery was the same crib seen by Claire in a dream where she searched for her baby. ("Raised by Another") Also in the nursery was a picture of a boat on the wall resembling the boat used in the Others' abduction of Walt. ("Maternity Leave") ("Exodus, Part 2")
One of the rooms in the Staff contained lockers: at least two rows of double-tiered lockers, and one row of single-tiered lockers, all of which all had the Staff Logo stamped on their exteriors. ("Maternity Leave")
Kate examined one of these lockers and discovered several disguises worn by the Others, including the wool cap Tom wore when he kidnapped Walt. Also among the contents of the locker were a brown leather case containing an old DHARMA pharmaceutical bottle labeled "Theatrical Glue" and a fake beard, also presumably the one worn by Tom. ("Maternity Leave") ("Exodus, Part 2")
Kate examining the locker room
Juliet performs an ultrasound on Sun
Behind one of the walls of the locker room was a secret, vault-like chamber. The chamber had a door approximately one foot thick and secured by a series of solid-metal cylinders, each several inches in diameter. The chamber was accessed by throwing a large switch hidden inside one of the lockers located in front of the door. The vault had electric lighting and a sink providing running water. ("D.O.C.")
When Juliet led Sun into the vault, it contained all of the medical equipment and nursery furniture seen during Claire's time at the Staff. Sun questioned why the chamber was hidden, but Juliet told her not to worry about it. After Sun pressured Juliet, she admitted the room was where the Other's women were brought to die. ("D.O.C.")
Blast door map
The Staff was clearly marked on the blast door map along with several annotations. One described that the station was abandoned in 1985 after a "AH/MDG incident" or possibly because of a failure of the Cerberus system. Another nearby notation read: "But could be #6" -- although it is unclear if this note referred to the Staff. ("Lockdown").
|Picture||Name||First visit||Last visit||Reason for Visit|
|Juliet||"One of Us"||"D.O.C."||Studied the Others' fertility issues, later took Sun to run pregnancy tests.|
|Ethan||"Maternity Leave"||"One of Us"||Was involved with at least one surgery relating to unresolved pregnancies, took Claire here to study her.|
|Goodwin||"One of Us"||"One of Us"||Was involved with at least one surgery relating to unresolved pregnancies.|
|Sabine||"One of Us"||"One of Us"||Was taken here to attempt to save her from dying from pregnancy.|
|Claire||"Maternity Leave", in flashbacks||"Maternity Leave", second time, real time||Was taken to this station by Ethan of his own accord to conduct tests about her pregnancy. Claire then re-discovered this station, along with her memory, a few weeks later.|
|Tom||"Maternity Leave"||"Maternity Leave"||Visited Ethan while he privately held Claire in the Staff.|
|Alex||"Maternity Leave"||"Maternity Leave"||Helped Claire escape.|
|Kate||"Maternity Leave"||"Maternity Leave"||Accompanied Claire on her journey to find where she was taken by Ethan, where she found the theatrical glue and fake beard which was vital in planting doubt to whether the Others were really hillbillies.|
|Danielle||"Maternity Leave"||"Maternity Leave"||Accompanied Claire on her journey to find where she was taken by Ethan, where she was hoping to find evidence that her daughter was alive.|
|Sun||"D.O.C."||"Something Nice Back Home"||Visited there with Juliet to run pregnancy tests. Came back later with Jin, Charlotte, and Daniel to get medical supplies for Jack's operation.|
|Jin||"Something Nice Back Home"||"Something Nice Back Home"||Went there with Sun, Daniel, and Charlotte to get medical supplies for Jack's operation.|
|Daniel||"Something Nice Back Home"||"Something Nice Back Home"||Went there with Sun, Jin, and Charlotte to get medical supplies for Jack's operation.|
|Charlotte||"Something Nice Back Home"||"Something Nice Back Home"||Went there with Sun, Jin, and Daniel to get medical supplies for Jack's operation.|
|Elliott||"Forty-Two"||"Forty-Two"||(Non-canon) Explored the Staff in "Forty-Two".|
Hermes with the Caduceus staff.
Canteen Staff logo
- The station logo incorporated the "Caduceus" - the alchemical symbol in western tradition for medicine. According to Greek Mythology, the Caduceus staff originally belonged to Apollo who eventually traded it to Hermes.
- The Staff's inverted logo was seen several times on canteens.
- The Staff was the only DHARMA station never to have its name spoken on-screen.
- In the video game Lost: Via Domus, when Elliott Maslow explores the Pearl, interacting with its computer will show that it is connected to several other DHARMA stations: the Arrow, the Staff, the Swan, the Flame, the Hydra, and the Looking Glass. Of all the stations, the Staff is the only one not identified by its proper name, instead referred to as "Medical Station". ("Whatever It Takes")
- For fan theories about these unanswered questions, see: The Staff/Theories
- What was the original purpose of The Staff?
- What was the purpose of the secret vault?