Callen-Lorde Medical Team Deploying to Puerto Rico

Update 10/15/17: The team is now receiving patients at the medical shelter they helped set up in the stadium in Ponce, a large city on the Southern Coast.

The medical shelter in Ponce, Puerto Rico

The medical shelter in Ponce, Puerto Rico

 

Update 10/14/17: The Callen-Lorde team is en route to Ponce with food and water.

Heading off to Ponce with food and water.

The team kept their spirits up “Callen-Lorde style” by creating a pageant photo while waiting for their departure instructions

Update 10/13/17: Team Callen-Lorde has landed in Puerto Rico and is preparing for deployment location.

Dana Delgardo, NP, talks with with Puerto Rico Secretary of Health, Rafael Rodriguez Mercado

10/11/17: We are honored to be able to participate in a New York State emergency assistance effort to Puerto Rico.  On October 12th a 7-person medical emergency response team from Callen-Lorde will join similar teams from 6 hospitals across the state to provide emergency medical care to those suffering after Hurricane Maria decimated the island.  We are so proud of our staff who have volunteered to go. Callen-Lorde is the only community health center that will be sending a team during this deployment.

Callen-Lorde team prepares for deployment during a statewide conference call on 10/10/2017

While some of our doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses will be assisting with the public health crisis in Puerto Rico, the rest of our staff is stepping up to maintain patient access to care. If you have a scheduled appointment with one of our providers who is on the Puerto Rico emergency team, we will be making every effort to otherwise accommodate your appointment with another provider.

Our participation in this critically needed effort is part of New York State’s response to growing medical needs in Puerto Rico coordinated by the Greater New York Hospital Association, Healthcare Association of New York State, the New York State Nurses Association and 1199SEIU. These organizations will work together to provide medical assistance to Puerto Rico.

Callen-Lorde is sending clinical and personal supplies with the team, including sleeping bags, mosquito nets, flashlights, personal care items, drinking water and food.  To help support the Callen-Lorde team’s deployment to Puerto Rico, please consider making a donation:

You can also support the people of Puerto Rico by donating to one of the funds below:

The Hurricane Maria Community Recovery Fund at The Center for Popular Democracy

The Unidos Fund at Hispanic Federation