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We are also caring for patients who evacuated to South Florida. After Hurricane Irma, we had 89 patients who evacuated from St. Thomas to Puerto Rico, and soon after, they evacuated to the Miami area as Hurricane Maria approached. We had just finished construction of a brand new clinic in Perrine, FL, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services helped us open the clinic in a matter of days to accommodate the patients. Michael Christensen, Director of Market Development for Fresenius Medical Care, commented on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services helping to open the Perrine clinic quickly.
“On average, it’ll take about 90 days after we notify them that we’re ready,” said Christensen. “But with the group from St. Thomas on its way to Miami, government regulators worked to get the clinic operational in a matter of days.”
Most of our clinics in Puerto Rico are open and operating on generators, but the situation is ever-changing as our centers rely on power, fuel and water. If you are a dialysis patient affected by Hurricane Maria, please contact our Disaster Response Team at 1-800-626-1297 for scheduling assistance and the latest information on open clinics.