Local hospitals help Hurricane Maria Victims

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In just a few days, Dr. Michael Kamali from University of Rochester will be making his first medical trip to Puerto Rico. 

“We’ve been instructed to expect some difficult conditions, go prepared with things that we might need,” Kamali said.

A couple weeks ago, New York State sent out an email to area hospitals that they are putting together several crisis response teams. 

“We’ve receive  a tentative assignment to a medical center so waiting to have that confirmed and we should know shortly if it’s tents outside the medical center or somewhere within the medical center itself,” Kamali said. 

Although Rochester General Hospital is not sending their medical staff over to Puerto Rico they are busy preparing their facilities. They are partnering with Ibero American Action League.  They tell News 8 that Rochester is has the second largest Puerto Rican Community outside of New York City and New York State. 

Rochester Regional Health tells us, the victims of Hurricane Maria will need help with medical documents. 

“Some of them will be struggling with insurance changes and often times you see Medicaid and Medicare they have in Puerto Rico is not transferable to New York State,” said Bryan Gargano, Associate Chair of Emergency Medicine said. 

And due to the poor condition Gargano says, many have gone without the proper medication.

“From an emergency room perspective in this type of patient population who has diabetes, who has been without their insulin there is hypertension or has been with out their medication,” said Gargano. 

Kamali says he plans to leave Thursday and is expecting to stay at least two weeks. 

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