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Hospital Board Forms Committee to Oversee Rebuilding

The V.I. Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation Board created a committee to oversee construction or repair of the five medical facilities throughout the territory, but did so in private, using most of its meeting on Monday debating and deciding on the committee in executive session.
Juan F. Luis Hospital in pre-hurricane file photo. JFL was badly damaged by Hurricane Maria.

Proposed Budget Puts JFL in a Hole to Start Fiscal Year

The proposed budget for the Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital and Medical Center will actually start with the hospital in a $21.1 million hole, because of uncompensated care provided to Virgin Islanders and other budget shortcomings.
Masserae Sprauve-Webster presents the proposed budget for Frederiksted Health Care.

Amid Covid-19 Pandemic, Frederiksted Health Care Has Difficulty Getting Gowns, Masks and Gloves

The Senate Finance Committee heard budget requests from Frederiksted Health Care, Inc. and the V.I. Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs.
The JFL operating room staff undergo training on the hospital's new Storz Laparoscopic Tower on Thursday.

JFL Resumes Elective Surgeries and Outpatient Procedures

The Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital has resumed elective surgeries and outpatient procedures, effective Tuesday, the hospital announced in a news release.
The Roy Lester Schneider Regional hospital. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

Schneider Getting In-House Oxygen Machine

The Territorial Hospital Board authorized spending to buy an oxygen generating machine for Schneider Regional Medical Center on St. Thomas. The moderately-priced move will mostly be paid with federal funding.
A room in the new ICU in the Juan Luis Hospital. (Photo by JFL)

JFL Opens New Intensive Care Unit

Just last week a 12-room intensive care unit was opened at Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, an addition that can be used if and when the coronavirus causes critical sickness in St. Croix residents.

USVI Still Has Zero COVID-19 Cases; Testing Has Begun as Virus Hits Caribbean

The number of infections and deaths from the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to rise and a tiny handful of cases are confirmed in the Caribbean, but there are still zero cases in the USVI.
Schneider Regional Medical Center took a heavy hit from Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Donated supplies are on the way to help.

Study: More USVI Health Damage From Irmaria Than Official Stats  

Could the 2017 hurricanes have damaged community health even more than we thought? A recently published report suggests so. The peer-reviewed study goes so far as to pose the possibility that hundreds of Virgin Islands residents died as a result of the storms’ long-term effects on the territory’s health system.

Gov. Bryan Bypasses Procurement Rules for Luis Hospital Work

Gov. Albert Bryan Jr. has issued an executive order declaring a state of public exigency for Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital, according to the hospital.
Juan F. Luis Hospital in pre-hurricane file photo. JFL was badly damaged by Hurricane Maria.

JFL Execs Say Crime, Abandoned Patients Cost Hospital

Tens of millions of dollars in uncompensated care continues to strain the budget of St. Croix's Juan F. Luis Hospital, JFL officials told lawmakers Tuesday, with violent crime-related injuries and long-term boarders incurring some of the higher-cost, unpaid medical services.

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