MEDITECH Supports Puerto Rico Relief Efforts
MEDITECH recently made a donation to United for Puerto Rico (Unidos por Puerto Rico) to assist with disaster relief and recovery in the U.S. territory, home to 3.4 million American citizens.
As rebuilding efforts continue in Puerto Rico after the devastation left by Hurricanes Irma and María, MEDITECH is helping to provide financial and technical support to residents and customers on the island.
“We have been in communication with all 20 of our customer facilities and have offered assistance to those directly impacted by the hurricanes as they work to restore operations,” said MEDITECH President and CEO Howard Messing.
“Immediately following the storms, many of our hospitals were dealing with electricity and internet outages, wind damage, and reduced use of diagnostic monitors because of the lower output of their generators. Over the past month, they have been able to regain most of their capabilities, though electrical power and communications remain a challenge in some areas.”
MEDITECH recently made a donation to United for Puerto Rico (Unidos por Puerto Rico) to assist with disaster relief and recovery in the U.S. territory, home to 3.4 million American citizens. The newly-formed 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, led by Puerto Rico First Lady Beatriz Rosselló, delivers immediate aid to provide basic needs for residents and coordinates ongoing efforts with the territory’s institutions and the U.S. federal government.
“It is difficult to comprehend the destruction that Puerto Rico has sustained following these two major hurricanes,” said Messing.
“Emergency departments were overloaded with sick and injured patients, a majority of hospitals lost power and ran out of fuel for emergency generators, and residents were left without clean drinking water. By contributing to United for Puerto Rico and providing direct support to our customers, we are helping to address what has become a serious humanitarian crisis.”
By early October, United for Puerto Rico had received more than 125,000 donations totalling almost $11 million. Corporate sponsors and supporters have delivered more than 800,000 lbs. of food, clothing, and other necessities and provide additional funding for local organizations to ensure clean water and hot meals for residents.
“We want to spread the word about United for Puerto Rico, so that our customers and staff can make their own contributions to the critical work that they do every day to help Puerto Ricans,” added Messing.
A fundraising telethon is planned for Nov. 19 to be broadcast by Wapa, Telemundo, and Univision. An all-star list of artists participated in recording “Isla Bendita,” a song and YouTube video aimed at generating more donations for United for Puerto Rico. Visit unidosporpuertorico.com for more information or to make a contribution.