GNYHA-HANYS Puerto Rico Relief Fund Supports Health Care Workers

January 8, 2018

New York Healthcare’s Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund, which was established to provide direct aid to health care workers and other workers on the front lines of the recovery effort in Puerto Rico, has contributed $1 million to the Community Foundation of Puerto Rico (FCPR). The Fund was established by GNYHA and the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) shortly after Hurricane Maria hit. GNYHA and HANYS are grateful for the generous contributions to the Fund from member hospitals and individual contributors.

The contribution will be used to reconstruct or rehabilitate the homes of workers employed in Puerto Rico’s public health infrastructure or the municipality of San Juan. The contribution to FCPR was facilitated by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. This contribution follows previous disbursements made to the New York Community Trust, the Hispanic Federation, the Afya Foundation, the American Hospital Association’s Care Fund, and a special disaster relief fund established by the American Federation of Teachers. With this latest contribution to FCPR, $3 million has been disbursed by the Fund to organizations providing assistance to the communities of Puerto Rico.

“GNYHA is pleased to work alongside our partners in labor to support the needs of our friends in Puerto Rico,” said Kenneth Raske, GNYHA President. “New York’s hospital community is committed to doing everything we can to assist in the recovery effort, including helping these essential workers, their families, and their communities.”