Healthcare workers from Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital were among the persons affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria while working immeasurable hours providing essential services to the country, before, during and after storms last month.
Board Certified Emergency Medicine Physician, Doctor Stephen Brock Blankenship, MD, FAAEM, based in Abingdon Virginia, United States contacted the healthcare facility expressing interest in volunteering his services for any mass casualty scenarios.
Since there were no reported casualties in the Turks and Caicos Islands, Blankenship and his wife Jennifer partnered with other donors namely Highlands Fellowship Church, Chad and Amanda Rowland, Brian and Mary Dawson, Ron and Camille Sewell along with Michael and Cynthia Hackett to organize relief items deemed essential.
A shipment was promptly received containing 59 battery operated fans including 50 packs of batteries, 46 bed linens/sheets, 53 packs of tarpaulin, 12 children-size inflatable beds, 36 adult size inflatable beds for usage in emergency lockdown cases and/or personal homes, 1000 sqft of roof plastic sheet, 19 inflator pumps along with LED headlamp sets.
The items were distributed among Emergency Department workers along with other clinical and support services staff based on the need and severity of damages sustained as identified by the Management of Human Resources and Facilities.
TCI Hospital Chief of Medical Services, Doctor Denise Braithwaite-Tennant expressed endless appreciation for the unexpected philanthropic gesture displayed by the aforementioned overseas donors, and Doctor Blankenship’s willingness to provide his services in a catastrophic scenario, if needed, as an act of community service.
InterHealth Canada, the management company of TCI Hospital, formed a staff welfare and relief committee immediately following Hurricane Irma to also provide tangible assistance and counseling to employees who were displaced and distressed after recent storms.