For Immediate Release

September 29, 2017

Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) President Calls on Fellow Physicians to Help Colleagues in Puerto Rico

Westbury, NY, September 29—In the wake of Hurricane Sandy five years ago, New York physicians came together to help their colleagues whose practices had been damaged by the hurricane.

Now, in the midst of the devastation that Hurricane Maria has brought to the island of Puerto Rico, MSSNY President Charles Rothberg, MD is asking his fellow physicians across New York State to come together to
donate money to help in the recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.

“The entire Puerto Rican medical system has been critically damaged. As physicians, we need to join together in this effort to help our Puerto Rican colleagues,” said Dr. Rothberg. “The island has been overcome with loss of life and lack of available medical services due to flooding, isolation and downed communication lines. Hospitals, clinics and nursing homes have been destroyed beyond repair. Local officials have called conditions ‘a humanitarian crisis.’”

MSSNY’s Medical Educational and Scientific Foundation (MESF), a not-for-profit subsidiary, is collecting funds to assist in the recovery efforts. One hundred percent of the funds raised will support physicians’ practices in Puerto Rico. The program will help cover expenses (not covered by insurance or other funding) for relocating or rehabilitating a physician’s medical office.

“Our fundraising efforts will go directly to the physicians in Puerto Rico to aid in replacing equipment, helping needed staff, rebuilding patient records, and other similar needs—all towards the goal of helping physicians once again treat patients,” said Dr. Rothberg.

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Founded in 1807, the Medical Society of the State of New York is the state's principal non-profit professional organization for physicians, residents and medical students of all specialties. Its mission is to represent the interests of patients and physicians to assure quality healthcare services for all.

Press Contact:
Roseann Raia
Medical Society of the State of New York
865 Merrick Avenue
Westbury, NY 11590
516.488.6100 x 302
rraia@mssny.org