Mapping the Capacity of Healthcare in Puerto Rico
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Mapping the Capacity of Healthcare in Puerto Rico.
[The video begins with Captain Betty Hastings, Recovery Field Coordinator for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, is entering the Joint Recovery Office in Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. Here, she is showing how the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) is helping to assess the capacity and capabilities of private and public healthcare services across the island through mapping.]
Capt. Betty Hastings: I believe that the work we are doing here will set the stage for saving lives in the future. This is the first ever map of all of the healthcare facilities. Through a lot of labor and love, we have been able to map every single clinic, hospital, federally qualified health center, C-D-T (which is an urgent care on the mainland, typically); and determine their generator capacity, their bed capacity, their surge capacity, their communication capacity.
So, here we have a center for diagnostic and treatment. This circle here says the number of beds that it has and the number of additional patients they could take on for surge capacity. It just gives a great picture of the healthcare system in the island. We are able to visually see where there are communication needs, where there are generator needs, where there are fueling needs, sooner rather than later.
This red dot here tells us that they have seven (7) days of generator power should the power go out. This is the communications indicator. This is that they have a two-way radio. They have a landline, and then that they have an emergency operations plan. That’s really important.
What’s so exciting is they’re bringing them all to the same table because — some are private, some are public, some are not-for-profit. So, bringing all of the healthcare system to the same table under the same recovery plan is the goal.
[The video concludes with a non-descript background followed by the Department of Health and Human Services logo, caption and voice-over narrative, “Produced at U.S. taxpayer expense by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”]