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Pharmacy Choice - Pharmaceutical News - Hospital expands capacity, with federal help [The Virgin Islands Daily News, St. Thomas] - November 20, 2017

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 9/13/17 - Hospital expands capacity, with federal help [The Virgin Islands Daily News, St. Thomas]

Sept. 13ST. THOMAS Beige tents appeared on the Schneider Hospital parking lot Tuesday afternoon.

The tents were another sign of a growing federal presence at the hospital, after days of Navy and Homeland Security helicopters flying in and out, many with patients inside.

Schneider acting CEO Tina Comissiong said the tents were erected by members of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Disaster Medical Assistance Team. The team is also furnishing needed medical supplies to the hospital, Comissiong said.

"Schnieder regional is working collaboratively with the DMAT teams who provide to augment our staff and facilities, such that we can continue to provide patient care to the residents of St. Thomas and St. John," she said. "The tent facilities you see being erected are part of that operation."

A Twitter photo of a handwritten note that listed numerous supplies sought by the Keating Clinic on St. John contained body bags and numerous other medical supplies in urgent need. Comissiong said she couldn't speak to the veracity of the photo, but said the hospital was coordinating with the V.I. Health Department to make sure that clinics were routinely restocked.

"I can't speak to specifically that Tweet or what it was related to, but generally, we have been sending supplies up to Myra Keating to make sure that they are able to continue to provide care," she said.

Health and Human Services has three teams on the ground in St. Thomas helping to evacuate dialysis patients, according to an update issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

In addition, the USS Wasp an amphibious assault ship was still conducting evacuations for critical care patients, according to the update.

Health Commissioner Michelle Davis said additional resources were being furnished to clinics, including tetanus vaccinations, which the hospital had run out of on Sunday.

Hospital officials were also collecting information for those who wished to volunteer, Comissiong said.

"At this point, we are collecting information for people who want to volunteer, either by sending supplies or who have medical training who want to assist," she said. "As we figure out exactly what our needs are, we will start making contact to plug those in."

Service was moving relatively quickly at the emergency room, Comissiong said.

"There's no major backlog of any patients waiting to be seen," she said. "As patients arrive they are being seen in a very timely manner."


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