Golisano Children’s Hospital ships 5000 pounds of medical supplies to Puerto Rico – The News-Press

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Andrew Kagan, a Fort Myers High graduate, saw these scenes of destruction in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. He and family and friends evacuated Puerto Rico after the storm as living conditions continue to deteriorate.
David Dorsey

The Golisano Children’s Hospital of Southwest Florida is shipping 592 cases of requested medical supplies to a children’s hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico, which was hard hit by Hurricane Maria last month.

Supplies include containers of baby formula, toothpaste, disinfectants, bandages, tracheal tubing, suture kits and assorted medications. The 5,000 pounds of supplies are worth about $25,000, according to Golisano Children’s Hospital supplier, LeeSar.

The University Pediatric Hospital in San Juan appealed to Florida hospitals last week for a long list of supplies.

“Our hearts go out to the children and families of Puerto Rico who are suffering from the impact of the recent hurricanes,” said Dr. Alex Daneshmand, acute care medical officer for the Golisano Children’s Hospital.  “We hope this shipment of supplies will help heal the individuals in need of medical attention and ease the burden of the physicians and staff providing the needed care.”

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The children’s hospital in San Juan has an emergency department, neonatal and pediatric intensive care units, a cancer ward with a bone marrow transplant unit, surgical and general pediatric units, and has the only pediatric dialysis unit on the island, according to Lee Health, which operates Golisano. 

The Lee Health Foundation foundation paid for the supplies and shipment.

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