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Florida Hospital physicians welcomed with cheers as they visit inner Puerto Rico

Florida Hospital emergency physicians were welcomed by cheering men, women and children as they descended in rural Puerto Rico via U.S. military Blackhawk helicopters.

The physicians, who have been providing care in Puerto Rico for nearly two weeks, described the emotional scene from the town of Morovis as they distributed much-needed medical supplies and provided health care.

For more than two weeks, various groups of Florida Hospital doctors have been traveling to Puerto Rico witnessing firsthand the needs of communities in rural areas that are difficult to access.

On Saturday, another group of Florida Hospital emergency physicians will extend the relief and medical efforts to the U.S. Virgin Islands. They will leave at 6 a.m. Saturday on a commercial flight departing from Orlando International Airport, and head to St. Thomas. They will be providing relief to the island’s physicians, who have been working 24/7 since Hurricane Maria struck.

Also this weekend, Florida Hospital invites the community to join its Puerto Rico relief efforts by donating critical items such as canned food and baby supplies at a collection drive on Sunday. Details on the Blessings for Puerto Rico event are in the attached flyer.

For media inquiries only, contact Florida Hospital Corporate Communications at 407-303-5950 or email