Many have criticized the federal government for being slow in its response to Puerto Rico compared to its efforts in Texas after Hurricane Harvey or Florida after Hurricane Irma. The immediacy of the need for relief has prompted healthcare providers to take a lead role in providing support.
Kaiser Permanente last month announced it was contributing $1 million to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Foundation to assist in its public health efforts on the island.
Along with Florida Hospital, providers based in New York have been among the leaders in the relief effort. New York City has the largest Puerto Rican population in the mainland U.S.
"The bond between New York and Puerto Rico has been long and strong," said Kenneth Raske, president of the Greater New York Hospital Association. The group has raised $5 million in donations toward funding its relief efforts.
In addition, GNYHA has led a series of medical supply missions over the past two weeks that have resulted in the direct delivery of thousands of medical and non-medical supplies to several hospitals on the island.