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January 9, 2018

For Immediate Release:

New York Healthcare’s Puerto Rico Relief Fund Contributes $1 Million to Puerto Rico Community Foundation

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 Puerto Rico Community Foundation (PRCF). 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 Fund was created within the GNYHA Foundation, the 501(c)(3) affiliate of GNYHA. The contribution to PRFC was facilitated by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.

“GNYHA is pleased to work alongside our partners in labor to support the needs of our friends in Puerto Rico,” said Kenneth Raske, president of GNYHA. “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.”

“Healthcare workers in Puerto Rico are role models for all of us,” said Bea Grause, president of HANYS. “They are doing incredible work under very difficult circumstances, driven by their commitment to providing much-needed care to a devastated land. HANYS and our member hospitals and health systems across the state are pleased to join our partners in helping healthcare workers, their families, and their communities as Puerto Rico recovers from this disaster.“

“Months after hurricane Maria, much of Puerto Rico is still without access to electricity, healthcare and other much-needed services, said Maria Castenada, secretary-treasurer of 1199SEIU. “This generous contribution from GNYHA and HANYS’ member hospitals will stimulate the island’s recovery by aiding the workers on the frontlines of those efforts who were themselves affected by the devastating impact of the hurricane. 1199 is glad to have had a role in making this possible by connecting New York’s hospital and health care community with PRCF.”

“The Puerto Rico Community Foundation particularly appreciates the opportunity of being an instrument to facilitate equity of access to recovery for workers in Puerto Rico,” said Dr. Nelson I. Colón Tarrats, CEO and President of PRCF.

The Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS) is the only statewide hospital and continuing care association in New York State, representing 500 non-profit and public hospitals, nursing homes, home care agencies, and other healthcare organizations.