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Case Study of VA Caribbean Healthcare System's Community Response to Hurricane Maria

Wyte-Lake T, Schmitz SL, Torres-Sabater C, Dobalian A. Case Study of VA Caribbean Healthcare System's Community Response to Hurricane Maria. Journal of emergency management (Weston, Mass.). 2021 Aug 1; 19(8):189-199.

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Background: Hurricane Maria, which hit Puerto Rico in 2017, catastrophically impacted infrastructure and severely disrupted medical services. The US Department of Veterans Affairs Caribbean Healthcare System (VA CHCS), which serves approximately 67,000 patients and has most of its facilities on the island of Puerto Rico, was able to successfully maintain operations after the hurricane. As a part of the larger VA system, VA CHCS also has a mission to support "national, state, and local emergency management, public health, safety and homeland security efforts." The objective of this study is to better understand the ways VA and its facilities meet this mission by exploring how VA CHCS acted as a community resource following Hurricane Maria.

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