(November 29, 2017, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI)) On Wednesday, November 22, 2017, the USVI Department of Health (DOH) led a delegation of seven (7) to visit the medical evacuees that were flown to Puerto Rico. The Delegation included the Office of the Governor, representatives from Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Public Health Service. Led by Health Commissioner, Michelle Davis, PhD, this delegation personally visited six (6) out of the 14 medical evacuees that are currently in Puerto Rico, at three (3) hospitals. Each evacuee was given a gift token provided by Lieutenant Governor Osbert Potter’s Office. These patients have a variety of diagnosis to include but not limited to kidney dialysis, stroke and behavioral health. “We found that all the USVI residents that were medically evacuated to Puerto Rico, for medical assistance, are receiving excellent medical care,” said Commissioner Davis. Commissioner Davis also met with the executive leadership team and medical staff of each hospital.

Commissioner Davis is scheduled to make a second trip to visit the remainder of medical evacuees in Puerto Rico on Thursday, November 30th and will meet with officials from the Puerto Rico Department of Health.

Commissioner Davis also plans on visiting the 130-dialysis patients that are currently in Atlanta, the third week of December.

 

Commissioner Davis met with medical officials in PR 11/22/17