Puerto Rico Hospital Association receives medicine from New York
SAN JUAN — The Hospitals Association of Puerto Rico (AHPR by its Spanish initials) received hundreds of medications and medical supplies through New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo, which were donated by the Greater New York Hospital Association-GNYHA, UJA-Federation of New York and Afya Foundation.
The shipment arrived in a special private flight that departed from New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and arrived to the Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in Isla Verde.
“We have received this shipment of vital medicines and surgical supplies as a donation to the population of Puerto Rico and which have been destined to the Pediatric Hospital, the Puerto Rico Medical Services Administration, the population of Culebra and other institutions which need our support,” said AHPR CEO Jaime Plá Cortés.
“The AHPR thanks the governor of the state of New York, Andrew Cuomo, for his initiative and personal interest in helping us amid the need created by Hurricane María. Likewise, we want to recognize the diligence of Kenneth E. Raske, president of the Greater New York Hospital Association, for his commitment to our hospitals and therefore, his concern that we may continue lending services to all our hospital institutions,” he added.
Both the plane and the shipment of medicines and medical supplies received preferential treatment from local and federal authorities, which facilitated its immediate transfer to the institutions designated to receive aid.
“This is an ongoing effort. Our people in New York are working arduously to obtain more medical supplies for the hospitals and the good people of Puerto Rico. We are in constant communication with Jaime Plá Cortés from the AHPR to keep us updated on the needs of the different institutions offering services to patients,” informed Lee Perlman, executive vice president of the Greater New York Hospital Association and leader of the delegation.