Holyoke Health assists in Hurricane Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico
On Friday, October 6th, Holyoke Health Center's CEO, Jay Breines, and CMO, Dr. Alejandro Esparza-Perez traveled from Westfield Barnes Regional Airport on a plane to Puerto Rico on a mission to assist in Hurricane Maria relief efforts. Multiple staff members from HHC traveled to Barnes to transport medical and dental supplies and pack them into the plane leaving to Puerto Rico for volunteers to deliver to those in need on the island.
Jay and Dr. Esparza-Perez had the opportunity to board the plane and travel to Puerto Rico to help distribute the supplies, and also assess the health needs of those families and individuals trapped on the island. During the mission trip, families were given much needed supplies, and a few were able to board the plane to return back to the Western MA area.
Holyoke Health Center has taken a large role in the community in supporting the hurricane relief efforts and hopes to continue similar mission trips in the near future. Efforts continue within our facility, which is now offering services and assistance to families and individuals who've traveled from Puerto Rico and are staying in the Holyoke area. HHC is developing a process to ensure healthcare is given to those coming from Puerto Rico and also establishing long term care services if necessary.
Check out HHC's featured segment on New England Public Radio (NPR) at www.npr.org
Watch the video of the mission to Puerto Rico on News 22 at www.wwlp.com
Watch HHC's featured story on Western MA News at www.westernmassnews.com
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