Crain’s Health Pulse - "New York Medical Staffers Return Home After Two-Week Puerto Rico Mission"

New York, NY
 – October 30, 2017  –– 

The first thing she noticed was the darkness, as Emma Kaplan-Lewis, MD, assistant professor of medicine and infectious diseases at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, descended toward the tarmac, few lights were visible on the island of Puerto Rico even weeks after Hurricane Maria had made landfall. During her time there, she was part of a 10-person team from the Mount Sinai Health System that helped treat about 1,600 patients at an ad hoc medical clinic. The team worked in huge tents and treated about 150 to 180 patients a day. She saw cases of flu, norovirus, and conjunctivitis, as well as skin infections. “It’s stuff related to hygiene and not having access to clean water,” she said. By the end of the two-week trip, about 25 percent of the island had electricity, up from 15 percent when they arrived.

- Kevin Munjal, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Emergency Medicine, Population Health Science and Policy, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

- Stacey A. Conklin, MS, MSN, RN, NE-BC, Vice President, Patient Care Services, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai

- Emma Kaplan-Lewis, MD, Assistant Professor, Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

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