U.S. health systems help assess Dorian-damaged Bahamian hospitals

November 22, 2019

The Bahamas’ recovery from Hurricane Dorian has been hampered by damage to hospitals and clinics in the hardest hit areas of the country, according to an article on the Health Facilities Maintenance website.

To help with recovery, several U.S.-based health systems have sent teams to support both clinicians and facilities engineers by conducting early assessments of the impacted buildings.

When Category 5 Hurricane Dorian struck the Bahamas on Sept. 1, it became the worst natural disaster in the country’s history. 

For instance, the Rand Memorial Hospital in Freeport, Grand Bahama, which serves as a hub of care for much of the island, suffered severe flooding in the days after the storm stalled over the island. The loss of electrical infrastructure and a contaminated water source had already left the building extensively damaged.

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