N.H. Healthcare Workers Head to Puerto Rico To Offer Helping Hand

Dec 14, 2017

A group of healthcare workers from New Hampshire are heading to Puerto Rico this weekend to help out a local hospital that was severely damaged in the recent hurricanes.

Dr. Melissa Martinez-Adorno is the chair of OBGYN services at Southern New Hampshire Health in Nashua, and she has worked there for 14 years..

But she was born in Puerto Rico and spent most of her childhood there. A majority of her family still lives there.

So when the island was hit by Hurricane Maria, Dr. Martinez Adorno wanted to help out. So she asked her boss, the hospital CEO.

A photo of Ryder Hospital in Humacao, Puerto Rico where the group is going to lend a helping hand.
Credit Courtesy of Southern New Hampshire Health

“Honestly it was not a tough sell. I think the most impressive part was all I had to say was, ‘what do you think?’, and they took that ball and ran with it," she said.

Over the weekend, D.r Martinez-Adorno, the CEO and the Chief Medical Officer of Southern New Hampshire Health will be in Puerto Rico dropping off medical supplies and touring the local hospital, Ryder.

Ryder Hospital lost its roof in the hurricane and most of its medical supplies. Currently the hospital is using generators and tents to provide care.

But this will be the first of many visits. The group plans to keep making trips and offering assistance throughout the year. SNHH is still accepting donations at www.supportryder.org.