Florida Hospital Team Serves St. Thomas Community after Hurricanes
POSTED: 21 Oct 2017
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According to Dr. Simmonds, Jr., Medical Director of Outpatient Surgery in the Center for Specialized Surgery at Florida Hospital, "Our purpose in coming to St. Thomas is to lend assistance to the community by providing care to those at shelters and relief to the emergency room physicians of the badly damaged Roy Lester Schneider Medical Center. The need is great. No one was prepared for what we were about to see but we are prepared to serve and that we are doing.” The assault of Hurricane Irma left extensive damage to the healthcare infrastructure on St. Thomas and disruptions to treatments for those who are most vulnerable in the society.
The medical team of six physicians, two physician assistants, a registered nurse and a healthcare administrator brought $20,000.00 worth of prescription drugs, donated by Florida Hospital and others.
Responding to the devastation caused by Hurricane Irma, compounded by Hurricane Maria 12 days later, the Florida Hospital team came with the goal of “extending the healing ministry of Christ,” as this is consistent with the mission of the Florida Hospital.
The Florida Hospital, a 2,247-bed medical facility, is a member of Adventist Health System. The hospital serves the Greater Orlando area and extends its ministry to the Caribbean and Latin America. The community of St. Thomas applauds the Florida Hospital team of medical volunteers and celebrates its impact on the residents served.
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