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Gov. Juan F. Luis Hospital pictured before the 2017 hurricanes. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Hospital Repairs Progressing During Pandemic, Task Force Says

While ongoing construction and repair of the islands’ hospitals since the 2017 hurricanes is showing “big progress,” COVID-19 continues to present health care challenges, the Territorial Hospital Board heard Wednesday during a marathon meeting held via conference call.

Hospital Staff Celebrate a Victory Against COVID-19 with Release of Sam the Sailor

Jubilation filled the halls of Schneider Regional Medical Center on Friday morning as “Sam the Sailor” was released from the hospital 12 weeks and one day after falling critically ill with COVID-19 as his cargo vessel traversed Virgin Islands waters.
The Roy Lester Schneider Regional hospital. (Source photo by Bethaney Lee)

SRMC Lifts Restrictions on Elective and Outpatient Procedures

Schneider Regional Medical Center is lifting restrictions on elective surgeries and outpatient procedures. SRMC is prepared to begin scheduling non-high-risk patients for outpatient and electives procedures.
The hallway of JFL’s new ICU. (Photo by JFL)

Territory’s Hospitals Plan to Synchronize COVID Plans and Policies

After approving more than a dozen health care workers to staff the territory’s two hospitals, the board of the V.I. Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation discussed the importance of synchronizing policies and procedures as soon as possible.

St. John Clinic Begins Teleconference Visits, Adds Screening Shelter

St. John patients who want to consult with a medical professional at the Myrah Keating Smith Community Health Center on St. John now have the option of scheduling a teleconference appointment.
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.
SRMC boasts a pre-screening area that can accommodate initial COVID-19 examinations. (Source photo by S. Pennington)

Front Line at SRMC Prepares to Meet the Challenge

The day after territorial epidemiologist Esther Ellis stated clearly that thanks to early social distancing the territory is ahead of the curve in controlling the spread of COVID-19, the emergency room director of the Roy Lester Schneider Hospital heartily agreed.
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Thetis was on hand to lend assistance. (U.S. Coast Guard photo)

Coast Guard Medevacs Stricken Captain to St. Thomas

The captain of the 734-foot container ship M/V Maersk Batam was medically evacuated about 100 nautical miles from his ship south of Puerto Rico to St. Thomas after suffering a life-threatening stroke.

‘Social Distancing’ is Critical to Protect Older and Less-Well Virgin Islanders

Although in the past week there have been signs that young adults are more at risk to COVID-19 than first believed, the most vulnerable are still seen as the elderly and those who have underlying health conditions, and the Virgin Islands has more than its fair share of both categories.
JFL administrative staff join board member Dr. Olivine Treasure for a Territorial Hospital Board meeting. (Source photo by Susan Ellis)

Territorial Hospital Board Takes First Step to Rebuild

Almost two and a half years after hurricanes Irma and Maria, the V.I. Government Hospital and Health Facilities Corporation Board voted to take an important step in rebuilding the territory’s health care system.

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