HealthproMed invests $ 1.5 million in new health facilities in Vieques – News is My Business
Vieques community leader Zaida López (on the podium) thanks Vieques Mayor José Corcino (left) and HealthproMed CEO Ivonne Rivera-Hernández (center) during the clinic’s opening ceremony .
Private non-profit health care provider HealthproMed has announced an investment of $ 1.5 million to open a primary care clinic in the island municipality of Vieques, which has 9,000 residents and lacks medical facilities.
The clinic located in the Isabel II sector will be staffed with a total of 25 healthcare professionals, including clinical support staff, to provide attention in the areas of pediatrics, gynecology, behavioral health and oral health, among others.
“Vieques is a priority for HealthproMed and we have shown it for years and now more with this modern and forward-thinking health center,” said Ivonne Rivera-Hernández, CEO of HealthproMed.
“The inhabitants of Vieques will have general medicine, pediatrics, gynecology, behavioral health, oral health services with state-of-the-art equipment, health education, nutrition, vaccination, clinical laboratory, in internal medicine and optometry, in addition, she will have her first optician, among others, ”she added.
HealthproMed is part of the United States Government’s Primary Medical Services Network and operates under Section 330 of the United States Public Health Act. It is a federally licensed health care facility that receives grants from the United States Bureau of Primary Health Care and is protected by federal tort claims law.
In addition to the $ 1.5 million investment, HealthproMed received a donation of $ 300,000 from Direct Relief, which was combined to purchase and renovate the new facility and purchase equipment.
“Direct Relief’s mission is focused on improving the quality of life and health of affected vulnerable people in times of emergency or poverty,” said Ivonne Rodríguez-Wiewall, Executive Advisor of Direct Relief. “Direct Relief has assisted Puerto Rico in several initiatives that have a direct impact on health services. “
The donation from Direct Relief allowed the purchase of oral health equipment, equipment to strengthen the clinical laboratory area, refrigerators to store vaccines, vehicles to mobilize patients and staff, as well as a group generator which “will guarantee the continuity of health services in the clinic”, she declared. .
Meanwhile, the mayor of Vieques, José Corcino, said that 80% of the population of Vieques benefits from the government’s health plan, known as Vital, and “which in most cases has to go to the city. main island to receive specialized services. Now, with this new facility, they will benefit from more clinical services, such as eye and dental health. “
“Vieques has never had a health center at this level and HealthproMed has made it a reality,” he said.
In 2017, Hurricane María devastated the only hospital in Vieques, which has yet to be rebuilt.