As part of the National Disaster Medical System, a federally coordinated health care system, Palmetto Health hospitals have been activated to assist people from Puerto Rico who need medical care this hurricane season.
Palmetto Health Emergency Management Team members across the system are evaluating resources and preparing to accept and care for those patients, according to a release from Palmetto Health Tuomey.
Palmetto Health hospitals have already begun receiving patients. Currently, two patients are being assisted, according to the release.
"The ministry of health care doesn't just stop at our doors or in our communities," said Palmetto Health Tuomey Chief Operations Officer Michelle Logan-Owens. "It extends to all those in need. With hearts filled with compassion, the team members of Palmetto Health Tuomey stand ready to assist those coming from Puerto Rico."
Palmetto Health does not know how many patients will be received nor when they will arrive.